Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Plywood, ash veneer, rubber mounts
26 3/4 x 22 1/8 x 23 in. (67.9 x 56.2 x 58.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Stone, in memory of Berry B. Tracy, 1984
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 913
As prominent figures in the postwar Good Design movement, Charles and Ray Eames sought to create inexpensive, comfortable, and modern furniture that could be mass-produced, consistently using plywood in their prototypes. This LCW chair (Lounge Chair Wood) is the result of years of research and experimentation with molded plywood furniture. It is one of the most influential examples of postwar American design, and is still in production today. The chair is made of separate back, seat, and leg sections of molded plywood fastened together on a rubber shock-mounted spine, lending flexibility to the chair and making it more responsive to the human body. The lightweight, durable chair was originally produced in ash, oak, rosewood, and walnut plywoods. A small number of the early models, such as this one, featured pony skin on the back and seat panels.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Stone, Washington, D.C. (by 1982–84; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.
Arthur Drexler. Charles Eames Furniture from the Design Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1973, p. 24, figs. 31 (installation photo of "New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames," Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1946), 38, 39 (MoMA collection).
Richard Meyer. "Changing Partners: Richard Meyer on 'Reimagining Modernism' at the Met." Artforum (November 2015), ill. p. 143 (color, installation photo).