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La Chaise - Charles & Ray Eames (1948)

on Sat May 12, 2018 10:43 am


Charles en Ray Eames ontwierpen de fauteuil La Chaise ter gelegenheid van een designwedstrijd in het Museum of Modern Art te New York. De naam is geïnspireerd op de volumineuze sculptuur 'Floating Figure' van Gaston Lachaise, die een duidelijke overeenkomst vertoont met de fauteuil van Eames. Dit imposante meubelstuk laat een groot aantal zit- en leunposities toe en heeft zich al lang bewezen als icoon van organisch design.

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Charles and Ray designed this lounge chair for The Museum of Modern Art’s 1948 “International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design.” Its name references both its function as well as Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure sculpture, whose shape the Eameses thought would fit the chair perfectly.

Comprised of two bonded fiberglass shells, a chromed base, and natural oak feet, the chair exhibits a captivating elegance and allows for a wide range of sitting and reclining positions.

The Eames La Chaise was never sold during Charles and Ray’s lifetime, as it proved too costly to produce; however, their Armchair design, which they entered into the same competition, won a prize and was produced in fiberglass to great success.

It wasn’t until 1996 that the long-time Eames partner, Vitra International, began manufacturing and distributing the La Chaise in response to public interest and demand. Today, the chair serves as a long-established icon of organic design. It is available exclusively from Vitra.

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