Early Production 'La Chaise' by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, circa 1996 For Sale
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Early Production 'La Chaise' by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, circa 1996

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An incredible example of innovative design by Ray and Charles Eames. The 'La Chaise' was the Eames's entry into the Museum of Modern Art’s 1948 'International Competition for Low Cost Furniture Design'. Paying homage and named after Gaston Lachaise's 1927 sculpture 'Reclining Nude', the cloud-like molded fiberglass form of the rare and coveted Eames La Chaise floats on top of a steel and cruciform oak wood base. The La Chaise was never sold during Charles and Ray’s lifetime, as it proved too costly to produce. It wasn’t until 1996 that Vitra International began manufacturing and distributing La Chaise in response to public interest and demand. This example is from Vitra's earlier production runs in the late 1990s and has been previously owned by a long time collector of modern design and art. This chaise lounge chair would work great in a Postmodern, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Zen / Minimalism room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Condition: Very good original vintage condition with light wear including scuffs and scratches. Sturdy and structurally sound. Presents well and excellent candidate for immediate use in a high profile designer project. Measurements: H 34 in. x W 59 in. x D 35 in.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good original vintage condition with light wear including scuffs and scratches. Sturdy and structurally sound. Presents well and excellent candidate for immediate use in a high profile designer project.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34 in. x W 59 in. x D 35 in.H 86.36 cm x W 149.86 cm x D 88.9 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330216549152
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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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