Eames Molded Chairs
Eams molded chair dining room


Eames Molded Chairs

Name: Eames Molded Chairs
Molded armchair upholstered with 4 leg base
Molded armchair upholstered with rocker base
Molded armchair upholstered wire base
Molded fiberglass side chair 4 leg base
Molded fiberglass side chair dowel base
Molded fiberglass side chair wire base
Molded fiberglass stacking side chair

Designer: Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen
Date: 1948
Location: US
Category: Chair
Materials: Molded plastic or fiberglass, metal frame
Style / tradition: Modern
Sold by Herman Miller (United States)
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Eames Molded Chairs

Short description:
The chair was created from one-piece, three-dimensionally moulded plywood seat shell that followed the contours of the human body. However, no technology or machinery existed at that time that could be used to produce such a shape out of plywood forcing the two young designers to make prototypes of their chairs by hand (with the help of Eero Saarinen in casting).

The history of the design
Well Known today “Organic Chairs” – started from the conceptual basis of several legendary chairs featuring a biomorphically shaped shell, such as the Plastic Chairs and Wire Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames or Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Chair. They consist of a body that is molded according with the design of the body for enhanced conformability and a variety of bases for this.

“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” -Charles Eames

Life and Interesting Facts
Charles Ormond Eames, Jr., (June 17, 1907 – August 21, 1978) was an American designer, architect and film maker. In creative partnership with his spouse Ray Kaiser Eames he is responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.
Charles Eames was greatly influenced by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (whose son Eero, also an architect and would become a partner and friend).
In 1941, Charles and Catherine divorced, and he married his Cranbrook colleague Bernice (“Ray”) Kaiser, who was born in Sacramento, California. He then moved with her to Los Angeles, California, where they worked and lived until their deaths. In the late 1940s, as part of the Arts & Architecture magazine’s “Case Study” program, the Eames designed and built the groundbreaking Eames House, Case Study House #8, as their home. Located upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and hand-constructed within a matter of days entirely of pre-fabricated steel parts intended for industrial construction, it remains a milestone of modern architecture.
Ray Eames had a joyful and rigorous work ethic at the “Eames office”. She called it “shop”- a place where they worked and did early production work. At the office, they employed local people, war veterans, and housewives. Eames office was a diversified workplace. The Eameses also believed in “learning by doing”- before introducing a new idea at the Eames Office, Charles and Ray explored needs and constraints of the idea extensively.
Anything I can do, Ray can do better.[13]— Charles Eames
I never gave up painting, I just changed my palette.[13] — Ray Eames