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Eames® Upholstered Armchair With Low Wire Base

by Eames, from Herman Miller ®

eames® upholstered armchair with low wire base
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eames® upholstered armchair with low wire base

Design Charles & Ray Eames, 1948
Molded plastic shell, low wire base, upholstery
Made by Herman Miller

"Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames

The Eames molded chairs offer a flexible and comfortable seat with a variety of base options. Available in your choice of materials and colors, which are permeated through the material so they remain vibrant even after years of hard use. The molded plastic seats are produced of ecologically friendly, recyclable polypropylene. The Molded fiberglass seats use monomer and VOC-free resin and glue, a molding process that all but eliminates hazardous airborne compounds and is fully recyclable.

Among the prize winners of MoMA's 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design was the prototype of a one-piece shell chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Two years later, Herman Miller introduced Eames Molded Chairs to the world with a choice of five unique bases. Among them, but since lost to history, was the LAR -Low Armchair Rod Base- which converted the versatile single-shell armchair design into a low-set lounge height chair. The LAR base developed the popular name 'Cat's Cradle' and remains coveted by collectors today and is now once again available. The Eames Shell Chair with Low Wire Base supports all armchair shells, and is available upholstered, non-upholstered, or with a seat pad.

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

The seat and back are formed of molded plastic or fiberglass with waterfall edges on a low wire base. The upholstered chairs come affixed to Eames Molded shells. Chair is offered with standard plastic glides in specified colors.

25" w | 24.25" d | 25" h | seat: 12.4" h

$725.00 + free shipping
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Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women's College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum's permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.


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