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Set of cards - Computer House of Cards

Computer House of Cards

  • Object:

    Set of cards

  • Place of origin:

    America (Printed by Otto Maier Verlag, West Germany, designed)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
    Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Museum number:

    E.2700:1 to 57-2016

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Charles and Ray Eames are best known for their iconic modern furniture designs, but they also undertook other work for major companies such as IBM. They were responsible for the exhibitions, graphics, signage, and films for IBM’s pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964-5. Later, they also designed a deck of cards for the IBM Pavilion at the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. The cards were given away to visitors as souvenirs.
Each card has six slots, and is printed with an image of computer components. They can be assembled to make three-dimensional representations of the mainframe computer hardware that was becoming in the 1970s.

Physical description

The image on one side of the card depicts a part of the inner workings of a pre-microchip computer. The reverse of the card is white with a black circle and straight lines spreading outside it from the centre in a spoke like pattern.

Place of Origin

America (Printed by Otto Maier Verlag, West Germany, designed)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)

Object history note

The Computer House of Cards, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, date back to the IBM Pavilion during the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan. They are were created as souvenirs for guests and were printed only once.

Descriptive line

Computer House of Cards, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, 1970, set of 56 cards

Production Note

Designed for the IBM Pavilion during the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan.
They were created as souvenirs for guests, and were printed only once.

Materials

Card; Ink

Techniques

Printed

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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