Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Side chair

Artist:
Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Artist:
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Date:
ca. 1952
Medium:
Metal wire, painted black
Dimensions:
33 x 18 x 19 in. (83.8 x 45.7 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of David Allen Hanks, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.509
Not on view
With the success of their molded plywood furniture, the Eameses continued to seek out new materials and forms to create affordable, functional, and modern furniture. This metal chair was designed to be lightweight, comfortably ergonomic, and durable. It is comprised of a curved, bucket-back wire seat, secured onto a metal support. This pedestal form is often referred to as the "Eiffel Tower" base due to its resemblance to the cast-iron Paris landmark. This innovative use of metal construction provided a flexible, multipurpose design suitable for inside and outside use.
David Allen Hanks, New York (until 1980; his gift to MMA)

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Shape and Environment: Furniture by American Architects," November 12, 1982–January 26, 1983, unnumbered cat. (p. 58; as "Side chair [DKR]," 1952).

Esther McCoy. "Charles and Ray Eames." Design Quarterly no. 98/99 (1975), p. 24, ill.

Patricia E. Kane. 300 Years of American Seating Furniture: Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University. Boston, 1976, p. 289, no. 276, ill. (naugahyde upholstery shell; collection Yale University Art Gallery), calls it "DKR Chair".

John Neuhart, Marilyn Neuhart, and Ray Eames. Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. New York, 1989, pp. 150–53, ill., call it "Wire Mesh Chair".

Pat Kirkham. Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass., 1995, pp. 240, 242–44, fig. 5.24, calls it "Wire Mesh Chair".

Donald Albrecht in The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention. Exh. cat., Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. New York, 1997, pp. 90, 92, ill. (color).

Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture., Book 1: The Early Years. Berlin, 2010, p. 173, ill. (color), call it "Wire Chair".

Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture., Book 2: The Herman Miller Age. Berlin, 2010, pp. 572, 603–10, ill. (color and bw, overall, details, sketches), call it "Wire Mesh Chair".



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