Art of Play Revisits Mid-Century Modernism with Eames Playing Cards

The long-abiding influence of Charles and Ray Eames has seeped into much of what we know today, be it architecture, furniture, or even our own eye for design. As many of their revered creations have garnered praise since the last century, their inconspicuous aesthetic has carried over to an entirely new game: cards. Thanks to Art of Play, a self-proclaimed ‘wonder emporium’ based out of San Diego, an Eames-inspired product that looks to fit a much smaller budget is now available.

Coming into play as soon as you open the box, the Eames influence is made prominent by their trademark Starburst logo appearing on the back of each card, meant to signify a ‘burst of creative energy.’ While these cards were clearly intended for the sake of playing your go-to game, they also feature edge numbers for the sake of performing “cardistry” — a genuine craft for those who are unaware — while also referencing the Eames’ short film, Powers of Ten. On top of all that, it’s worth noting that Art of Play is an eco-cognizant name in the field, as these cards are crafted from sustainable paper and vegetable-based dyes.

Sourcing an Eames Lounge Chair is accompanied by a very hefty price tag, but not all pieces that carry the Eames name are so difficult to obtain. With the Eames Playing Cards available for a cool $18 through Art of Play, you can host the most design-centric poker tournament your friends have ever sat in on.

Purchase: $18

Photo: Art of Play
Photo: Art of Play