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Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®, 1946
The Eames' experiments with molding plywood into organic forms yielded this design icon. A timeless choice for casual and formal lounge settings alike, this chair demonstrates the beauty, influence, and enduring style of Charle and Ray Eames’ classic design. Declared the “Best Design of the 20th Century” by Time magazine,which also described the molded plywood chairs as "something elegant, light, and comfortable. Much copied, but never bettered." This groundbreaking seating now offers the option of upholstery for added comfort and a splash of color. Call Design Quest for upholstery pricing and information.
Finish 11 is stain on birch veneer, allowing the wood grain to show through; inner plies are visible. Ebony finish is stain on ash veneer; inner plies are not as visible.
The plywood has natural face veneers with hardwood inner plies and a five-ply seat and back, together with gracefully curved eight-ply legs. All of the veneers are obtained from sustainable sources. Natural rubber shock mounts absorb movement. The lounge chair is 26.5 inches high and has a more distinct slope than the dining chair.
26.5"h x 22"w x 24.25"d, seat height 15.5"
Design StoryDesign Story
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.
After World War II, they adapted the technology to create inexpensive, high-quality chairs that could be mass-produced. Their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes this world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Eames Molded Plywood LCW Chair features a striking scuplted form created by molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes that give the hard material a soft, inviting appearance. The natural contours of the seat and back are designed to comfortably fit the body.