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Chair - LCM Chair

LCM Chair

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    United States (designed)
    Switzerland (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1947 (designed)
    1968-1969 (manufactured)

  • 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 plywood, bent tubular steel

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.72-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The LCM ('Lounge Chair Metal') chair is one of the earliest designs for furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and is one of their purest. This is a lower, lounging version of a taller chair intended for sitting at a table (called the DCM chair, or 'Dining Chair Metal'). Using a descriptive acronym for the object's title was typical of the no-nonsense, rational approach to design of the Eameses, but this chair also shows how they incorporated ideas from contemporary abstract art too. The rhomboidal elements that make up the seat and back seem to float in air because the visual effect of the slender, chromed metal frame is so slight. The form of the chair recalls the mobiles and paintings of Jean Miro and Alexander Calder. The LCM chair was part of a range based on furniture first shown in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, called 'New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames' in 1946. The exhibition's title reflected the way Ray Eames's contribution to the designs was overlooked until relatively recently. The Herman Miller company picked up many of the designs from this exhibition, and the LCM chair entered production in 1947.

Physical description

Chair with chrome-plated tubular-steel frame and legs, nylon self-adjusting glider feet and black stained moulded plywood seat and back.

Place of Origin

United States (designed)
Switzerland (manufactured)

Date

1947 (designed)
1968-1969 (manufactured)

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 plywood, bent tubular steel

Dimensions

Height: 660 mm, Width: 550 mm, Depth: 590 mm

Object history note

Purchased by the Circulation Department in 1969 [68/2866]. Shown in the 1970 exhibition 'Modern Chairs' at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Descriptive line

LCM Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1945. Manufactured by Herman Miller from 1947. Moulded plywood seat and back supported on chromed tubular steel frame and legs.

Production Note

Production commenced 1947. This example likely to be late 1960s because acquired new.

Materials

Plywood; Tubular steel

Techniques

Moulded; Staining; Plating

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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