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.
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With so many options for customization and personal style, it's no wonder that the Eames Plywood Lounge Chair has remained so popular for so long. Since 1946, this chair has been in continuous production, with no halts of any kind. People are still loving it, still buying it; it's living design history that still infuses American homes, offices and public spaces with style, grace, fun, and bold design. Of course it's in museums, and of course collectors go nuts over it, but the real test of a great chair is the test of time and the test of usage; the LCW passes both with flying colors, and has passed them for more than 60 years, long after its contemporaries have passed into memory or the backrooms of design museums and the houses o collectors. This is a vibrant, exciting, still-relevant chair, and it shows no signs of deterioration or slowing down.
It fits in the home, in the office, in the schoolroom, in the daycare, in the playroom and the den. It fits in the foyer or the reception area, the showroom and the home office. With all the options for customization, it just plain fits. If you're looking for a fantastic piece that mixes an iconic pedigree, a shining reputation, and the functionality you need in a home or an office, then look no further than the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair; your search has come to an end.
This is the most dramatic variation so far, because it changes the height and some of the angles of the original Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair. This one is, obviously, a dining chair, and that meant several changes had to be made to its orientation with the environment. The original LCW is not much fit for dining, as focused as it is on recline, and as low to the ground as it was designed. For the DCW (as opposed to LCW) it was very important to add height and a more even angle of recline, a more even keel for sitting and eating.
Charles and Ray Eames believed that the design of a chair, or of any piece of furniture, should always subscribe to the tenets of the guest/host relationship. Any chair they made, they considered to be a host. The user, the person who owned and sat in and displayed the chair, was the guest. And what do the very best hosts do? They put on an excellent show, the have great taste, and the anticipate the needs of the user. Before the user can even think of what they want, the excellent host provides it with no prompting. And so it is with the Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair.
The DCW is raised, higher off the ground than the LCW. It's raised, of course, to a height appropriate for dining. This is the need of the guest, and the host provides. Another need, however, is a more flat angle of recline. When we eat, we lean forward. When we finish eating, or during a meal, we do sometimes sit back; that's why the DCW doesn't eliminate recline altogether. It strikes a delicate balance between recline and sitting up, and all with a single molded seat and a single molded back. Eating in the DCW, you won't feel confined or limited to a single sitting position, even though the seat never moves. Just one more aspect of the Eames genius.
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