Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"LAR" Armchair

Designer:
Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Designer:
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Manufacturer:
The Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, MI
Date:
1949
Medium:
Fiberglass-reinforced polyester, zinc-plated steel
Dimensions:
24 × 3/8 × 24 5/8 in. (61 × 1 × 62.5 cm.)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.427.1
Not on view
Although best known for their innovations with bent plywood, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames also experimented with new materials. This mass-produced armchair, while not the first to be made of fiberglass, was among the first to aesthetically exploit the material, developed during the war years and never previously used unupholstered. The Herman Miller Furniture Company was among a growing number of firms that began to gain a reputation for manufacturing and marketing well-designed, high-quality, inexpensive furniture for the consumer market following the war.
Marking: (under seat): HERMAN MILLER and logo
Mr. and Mrs. I Wistar Morris, III, Villanova, Penn. (by 1981–86; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.

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, ill. p. 22 (installation photo of Eames Storage Unit).



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