Eames Herman Miller LAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair X Base Zenith Rope Edge For Sale
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Eames Herman Miller LAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair X Base Zenith Rope Edge

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Awesome example of the Charles and Ray Eames LAX molded fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman Miller in one of the original colors, lemon yellow. This is an early chair made by Zenith with the rope edge, X-base, and checkerboard Zenith paper label. It is in wonderful original condition. Only cleaning has been done to its otherwise original condition to attempt to remove the, what we believe is, rust stain in the fiberglass. We did remove some of the stain, but some remains. To me it only adds to its charm and history. Please see photos, circa 1950s. If you are looking for an iconic Mid-Century Modern chair to grace your home and hold in high regard…..you’ve found it! This is what has been dubbed First Generation of this fabulous chair. The defining characteristics are: Rope edge, larger shock mounts, type of glide, lemon yellow original color, translucent fiberglass, and checkboard Zenith/Herman Miller label. To add to its desirability this example is the lounge chair version with an X-base. Or, commonly called a LAX chair. Its condition is wonderful and original. It does have rust stains in the seat that we have not been able to remove. But, I don’t know if they should be. I love the history that comes along with vintage furniture and I can imagine the years this chair was enjoyed on the patio where water was able to sit in it for long periods of time to create this stain. I imagine the fun and enjoyment derived by sitting in this chair and the joy Eames’ would feel knowing they had in part provided that. Charles and Ray Eames, iconic husband and wife design team, designed the molded fiberglass chair in 1948 for the International Competition of Low-Cost Furniture Design held by the Museum of Modern Art. Production began in 1950 by Zenith Plastics for Herman Miller and the chairs were offered for sale that year. That same year the Museum of Modern Art placed it in its permanent collection. We know you want this incredible piece of furniture design history. Make it yours. Chair: Height – 25.5 inches Width – 25 inches Depth – 24 inches Seat height – 15 inches Arm height – 21.75 inches Inside seat width – 17.5 inches Inside seat depth – 19 inches Inside back height – 17.5 inches Weight – 11.6 pounds each Boxed size: Height – 32 inches Width – 31 inches Depth – 29 inches Weight – 17 pounds.  

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  • Condition Details
    It is in wonderful original condition. Only cleaning has been done to its otherwise original condition to attempt to remove the, what we believe is, rust stain in the fiberglass. We did remove some of the stain, but some remains.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 25.5 in. x W 25 in. x D 24 in.H 64.77 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 60.96 cm
  • Seat Height
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Seller Reference Number
    414-SEA-171
  • Reference Number
    LU1873312778492
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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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