I'm completely smitten with the new Ray and Charles Eames stamps that arrived at the post office yesterday. And the timing is ideal because I'm getting sick of using the comic book stamps that I've had for the past year-and-a-half. The sixteen stamps feature the Eames's contributions to art, design, and architecture. I'm such a huge Eames fan that I may geek out and buy a set to frame. Stop looking at me like that! You know you were thinking of doing the same thing.
Here's what each stamp respresents:
Charles and Ray Eames delighted friends and family during the holiday season with Christmas cards they designed themselves.
The Hang-It-All was designed in 1953 as an accessory for a playroom or child’s bedroom.
Crosspatch Fabric Design
Crosspatch is one of two fabric designs submitted by the couple to a 1947 competition sponsored by The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Introduced in 1955, these stacking chairs feature single-shell seats made of plastic that comfortably support the body. The simple design allows them to be stacked for storage or linked together in horizontal rows, a useful solution for temporary seating in public places.
Case Study House #8
Located in Pacific Palisades, CA, the house was completed in 1949 as part of a program to create affordable homes out of materials and technology developed during World War II.
Portable and practical, the petite table was ready for use anytime, indoors or outdoors.
Lounge Chair and Ottoman
A recognizable symbol of 20th-century design, the lounge chair and ottoman modernized the traditional English armchair and became an instant bestseller.
Charles and Ray Eames submitted La Chaise to the 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design sponsored by The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Film Tops
For 7 minutes and 15 seconds, more than 100 tops from around the world dance and whirl across the screen to a score composed by Elmer Bernstein.
Wire Mesh Chair
Introduced by the Eames Office in 1951, it was the first piece of American furniture to receive a mechanical patent.
Ray Eames created this cover for the May 1943 issue of California Arts & Architecture, an avant-garde design magazine based in Los Angeles.
House of Cards
Developed in 1952, the deck consists of 54 playing cards decorated with a starburst on one side and a photograph on the other.
Molded Plywood Sculpture
During the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames experimented with a method for molding or bending pieces of wood in different directions. This abstract plywood sculpture was one of many they created as they experimented with the process.
Eames Storage Unit
Charles and Ray Eames introduced the Eames Storage Unit (ESU) in 1950 as a sleek and practical solution to home and office organization.
Aluminum Group Chair
The Aluminum Group Chair offered an affordable option for those seeking high-quality indoor-outdoor seating for the home or office.
Molded Plywood Chair
One of the Eameses’ most popular designs, the chair was mass-produced using a method for bending or molding plywood that they had developed during the 1940s.