Eames Upholstered Molded Plywood Lounge Chair
After World War 2, Charles and Ray Eames adapted the wood-molding techniques that would totally change the world of design with the Molded Plywood Chair. Its sculpted form, made by molded thin sheets of wood veneer into lightly curved shapes, gives the typically hard material and inviting look that allows the wood's natural characteristics to show through. This has been rated one of the best designs in history, yet can withstand frequent use in any home.
- Five-ply seat and back are designed to comfortably seat the human body
- Environmentally friendly analine stained woods
- Shock mounts made of resilient rubber absorb movement
- Overall Dimensions: 22" W x 25" D x 26.5" H
- Seat Height: 15.5"
In the early 1940s, when Charles Eames was working on MGM set designs, he would return to the small apartment where he and his wife, Ray, were experimenting with wood-molding techniques that would have profound effects on the design world. Their discoveries led to a commission from the U.S. Navy in 1942 to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells molded under heat and pressure.
After World War II, they adapted the technology to create inexpensive, high-quality chairs that could be mass-produced. The process eliminated the extraneous wood needed to connect the seat with the back, which reduced the weight and visual profile of the chair and established a basis for modern furniture design. The chair is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with the boldly original molded plywood lounge chair. Since then, the aesthetic integrity, enduring charm and comfort of the chairs have earned them recognition as the best of modern design. Vibrant colors refresh the palette and recall the times when the chairs were originally introduced.