Gallery installation of Eames toys, Art of the Americas Building, Level 3

From the Collection: Eames Toys

October 17, 2017
Bobbye Tigerman, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator

Designers Charles and Ray Eames had a lifelong fascination with toys and games. As Charles said, “Toys are not as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas.” Many of the toys explored architectural problems of structure, while some fostered general creativity and play. The Eameses allegedly began to design toys as gifts for their grandchildren and for the children of their office staff. 

The works on display in the Art of the Americas Building, including The Coloring Toy, a House of Cards, and a Giant House of Cards, are only a few of the pieces designed by the Eameses in LACMA’s collection.

Inspired by what you see? Shop the LACMA Store’s selection of Eames toys, furniture, and books to bring a piece home with you. 


On view in the Art of the Americas Building, Level 3.