Lounging will never be the same again with our Charles Eames style La Chaise. With its beautifully sculptural form, La Chaise enables any number of sitting and reclining positions, and brings vintage glamour to any room. Our reproduction perfectly captures all the elements that made La Chaise so popular when it was launched. The uniquely curved frame, which reflects the shape of the human body, is made from high quality, glossy fibreglass. Like the original, it has a white lacquered finish and a wooden cross base.
Charles and Ray Eames designed La Chaise in 1948 for the New York MoMA's 'International Competition for Low Cost' furniture. La Chaise didn't win, but its unique shape certainly made it one of the most notable entries, featuring in the catalogue and exhibition. Charles and Ray chose the name 'La Chaise' for two reasons. The most obvious is that it is the French translation of the furniture's form. But, as the couple observed, it also looks as if a floating sculpture by Gaston LaChaise would fit perfectly in the chair.
Charles, 1907-1978 (United States) - Ray, 1912-1988 (United States)
Charles Eames was an American designer and innovator who pioneered new techniques, such as the fibreglass and plastic resin moulding and wire mesh frames. He usually worked alongside his wife, Ray, though he is often credited alone. In the 1940s, the designers began focusing on the new plastics and were excited by the properties the material held. They were able to mould the plastics into organic shapes that followed the shape of the body. This discovery led to a whole new look in furniture that perfectly captured the spirit of the times. The couple’s most iconic designs include the DAR chair, the DSR Dining Chair, the RAR Rocker, the DSW Dining Chair, the EA 108 Office Chair and the Wire Base Table. Many of these were first presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition in the late 1940s.
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