Box of Takenobu Igarashi Playing Cards


3.5" L x 2.28" W (Card size) 3.74" L x 2.55" W x 0.9" H (Box size)

In the late 1980s, MoMA commissioned a deck of cards by graphic designer Takenobu Igarashi. First appearing in 1993, the cards reflect a contemporary sensibility. Breaking with convention, their symbols overlap and cascade on the front, a stark contrast to their isolated and flat treatment in traditional decks. On their uniform back, Igarashi plays with positive and negative space, merging the symbols of each suit in a two by two composition that bleeds off the cards’ edges. Printed in Austria.