Eames Molded Dining Chair with Wire Legs, circa 1950

Summary

Charles and Ray Eames designed this chair in the mid-1940s. Intent on creating practical, durable, and affordable seating, they turned to basic materials such as plywood and steel rod. Its simplicity and strength suggest a pure engineering solution, but its grace and delicate appearance give it a sculptural presence. It also happens to be incredibly comfortable.

Charles and Ray Eames designed this chair in the mid-1940s. Intent on creating practical, durable, and affordable seating, they turned to basic materials such as plywood and steel rod. Its simplicity and strength suggest a pure engineering solution, but its grace and delicate appearance give it a sculptural presence. It also happens to be incredibly comfortable.

Artifact

Chair (Furniture form)

Date Made

circa 1950

Creators

Eames, Charles 

Eames, Ray 

Herman Miller, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Zeeland 

Creator Notes

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames; manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc, of Zeeland, Michigan

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

93.190.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Chrome steel
Plywood
Veneer
Walnut (Wood)

Technique

Molding (forming)
Veneering

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