Fun, but not frivolous.
Toys, Films, Graphics
In the early 1950s, the prolific Charles and Ray Eames design team focused much of their energy on design projects other than furniture. They exercised their graphic design muscles with new ads and brochures for Herman Miller—advertising their own molded plastic chairs. They made several films, including one called "Parade," a live-action film in which the characters were all toys—lead soldiers, puppets, cars, dolls. There also was "Bread," a film that Charles described as being about "the way bread is used in nutrition, bread as art, bread as a political tool, bread as a symbol."
During this period, they also made several sophisticated card games, elaborate cardboard and paper masks, and brightly colored building blocks.
Using What They Had Learned
The Hang-It-All, which appeared in 1953, was another of the many whimsical pieces produced by the Eameses. They applied what they had learned in developing the rod-welding manufacturing process that they used to produce table bases and their wire chair.
Charles and Ray
Fun, But Not Frivolous
Charles and Ray were serious about everything they designed, including the items they designed for children. They believed that adults, as well as children, could learn from the toys they made, and all received the same careful design consideration as the couple's furniture designs. In making their toys, graphics, and films, Charles and Ray made a statement: The appreciation of the small objects that are around us every day is what produces an appreciation of art.