Prototype Eames Fiberglass Chair, circa 1949

Summary

Charles and Ray Eames wanted to design affordable high-quality furniture. To this end, Charles brought a mock-up of a chair to John Wills, a boat builder and fiberglass fabricator, who created two identical prototypes. Charles took one: it became the basis for what would become a modern design icon. This is the other: it lingered in Will's workshop, used over 4 decades as a utility stool.

Charles and Ray Eames wanted to design affordable high-quality furniture. To this end, Charles brought a mock-up of a chair to John Wills, a boat builder and fiberglass fabricator, who created two identical prototypes. Charles took one: it became the basis for what would become a modern design icon. This is the other: it lingered in Will's workshop, used over 4 decades as a utility stool.

Artifact

Armchair

Date Made

circa 1949

Creators

Eames, Charles, 1907-1978 

Wills, John A. 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Arcadia 

Creator Notes

Created by Charles Eames and John A. Wills in Wills's Arcadia, California workshop

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

95.167.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Fiberglass
Metal

Technique

Handmade

Color

Gray (Color)
orange (color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 32 in

Width: 28 in

Depth: 23 in

Diameter: 14 in

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