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First Year Production "Three-Seat Sofa" by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1984

US$11,900
US$15,00020% Off

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This is an exclusive opportunity to acquire an extremely rare and highly desirable custom ordered first-year production "Three-Seat Sofa" by Charles and Ray Eames - ideal for any designer looking to wow their discerning clients with the best of the best. Featuring two floating walnut backrest panels across all three seats which retain the original quality rich leather upholstery on the soft pad cushions. The three-seat sofa and the two-seat sofa was the Eames's last design before Charles's death and put into production in 1984. Unlike the regular production of the Eames 3 Seat Sofa, the frame on this model is powder coated charcoal instead of the more commonly seen chrome versions. Speaking with a Herman Miller product manager, we confirmed these darker finished bases were only made in small numbers for custom orders in the first year making this a very rare example of a classic design. This Three-Seater Soft Pad sofa by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller would work great in a Post-Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Space Age Mod, Scandanavian 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, Hollywood Regency, 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. MEASUREMENTS: 33" H x 81.5' W x 33" D Seat Height: 17.5" Seat Depth: 20" Arm Height: 25" CONDITION: Good vintage condition. Wood frame is in excellent refinished condition with one repair made to lower seat section. Leather has light, attractive patina. Coated aluminum legs and arms have light patina and minor signs of use. Attractive example ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 83.82 cm (33 in.)Width: 207.01 cm (81.5 in.)Depth: 83.82 cm (33 in.)Seat Height: 44.45 cm (17.5 in.)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1984
  • Condition
    Refinished. Good vintage condition with light patina. Wood has been lightly refinished. Ready for immediate use. See description for more details.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330228068332

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Charles Eames

The legacy of Charles Eames looms large in design. In partnership with his wife, Ray, Charles was at the forefront of pioneering innovation in the use of molded plywood for furniture making. The Eameses’ cheerful and inviting work has endured among the most important advancements in the history of 20th-century design.

Together, visionary mid-century modern duo Charles and Ray Eames introduced a wide range of renowned furniture to the postwar market, including iconic designs such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, the wildly colorful birch plywood-and-plastic-laminate Eames storage unit, the Eames compact sofa and more. The designers were trailblazers in molded plywood furniture and brought lively organic form to metal and plastic.

Charles Eames studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He traveled to Mexico and Europe, and experienced firsthand the work of designer-architects Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In 1930, upon returning to Missouri, Eames opened an architecture practice with Charles M. Gray but later moved to Michigan in 1938. He received a fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, which would become a breeding ground for the stars of mid-century design. Eames continued his architecture studies at Cranbrook and also taught in the design department.

In 1940, Eames met his future wife, artist and designer Beatrice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser, who was studying at Cranbrook under Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. Charles teamed up with another Cranbrook instructor, Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, to explore the possibilities of plywood for use in furniture design.

With support from Ray, Charles and Eero created chairs and case pieces and submitted them to the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City — among them was the groundbreaking organic Side chair made of molded plywood with maple legs. It was upholstered by Heywood-Wakefield. This exhibition is considered critical by many to the popularization of what is known as mid-century modernism. Eames and Saarinen won first place for their submissions to the competition.

Charles and Ray were married in 1941 and soon after moved to Los Angeles, California, and lived in an apartment building designed by architect Richard Neutra. Charles worked on set design at MGM, and at night, in a humble workshop they established in the guest bedroom, he and Ray experimented with molded plywood on a homemade device they called the “Kazaam!” machine. In 1942, the couple won a U.S. Navy contract to create molded plywood leg splints that would be used to support wartime medical efforts. Soon, the Evans Product Company was making the splints and the Eameses opened the famed Eames Office and studio.

The Eameses’ innovative use of wire framing, molded plywood and applied fabrics caught the attention of many notable figures in interior design and architecture, including George Nelson, director of design at Herman Miller, a now-legendary modern furniture manufacturer. The company enlisted the Eameses’ talents and was eventually home to the couple’s classic pieces such as the Eames DCW chair and the DCM chair.

Find an extensive array of vintage Charles Eames seating, tables and case pieces on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
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Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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