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


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.