Eames "Starburst" Black Edition
The Eames "Starburst" playing cards are designed by Art of Play in collaboration with The Eames Office. The Eameses are among the most important American designers of the 20th century, paving the way since 1940!
This deck is a black colorway of similar Red and Blue variants offered by Art of Play. It features a "Starburst" design on the card backs, the logo of the Eames Office.
Each number card, 2 through 10, has a corresponding number of stacked rectangles in its center, leading to an almost optical-illusion effect. Court cards feature other geometric patterns such as circles and triangles.
What's really neat about this deck is the side pattern. Each card's value, starting from the Ace all the way to the King has a line on each of the long sides of the deck; the Ace's is the shortest line length and it increases on each card value until the King. While not terribly noticeable when looking at the faces of the cards, showing the side of the deck brings out the pattern.
The deck consists of 56 cards:
- 52 playing cards
- Two identical jokers
- One ad card
- One "wild card" that can be used to replace a missing card from the deck
Where to buy?
Unfortunately, the last time I checked Eames "Starburst" Black Edition was out of stock. You can still check out the product page at Art of Play to make sure though. And, there's always eBay!