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Armchair

Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1960 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
    Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
    Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded fibreglass

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.70-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

With this design, Charles and Ray Eames reduced the elements of the chair to two distinctly expressed components. The seat and back are one element, moulded together in a bucket shape familiar from other chairs by the Eames. The exterior shell is structural and stiff, but is lined with soft upholstery for comfort. Both the metal pedestal base and the fibreglass shell of the seat are painted white to give the illusion that they are made of one material. In a sense the only unnecessary aspect of the design is that the pedestal upright has been divided into four rods where a single thicker column would have sufficed. However, the cluster of rods has the effect of lessening the visual impact of the chair base by allowing light and air through it.

Physical description

Armchair with white moulded fibreglass bucket seat lined with blue fabric over foam padding, supported on a white painted metal pedestal comprising of a group of four uprights, on a four-footed base.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1960 (designed)

Artist/maker

Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded fibreglass

Dimensions

Height: 735 mm, Width: 635 mm, Depth: 570 mm

Descriptive line

Armchair designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1960, manufactured by Herman Miller, USA.

Materials

Fibreglass

Techniques

Moulded

Categories

Furniture; Plastic

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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