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Charles and Ray Eames Children's Chairs, 2004

$4,772.78per set


Charles and Ray Eames children's chairs, 2004 Super rare Charles and Ray Eames children’s chairs originally designed in 1945, perfectly moulded birch wood construction, the backrests pierced with heart motifs, in red dyed finish with applied 'Vitra Design Museum 2004' plaque to underside. For a very brief time during the late 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames designed a group of children’s furniture. The set included a chair, stool, and table, produced with a new technique in moulded wood. Evans Products, who was already tasked by the Eames Office to produce moulded plywood objects, was grappling with the inevitable transition from wartime production (Leg Splints for the war effort) to peacetime production (home furnishings) and Eames cleverly designed this suite of furniture with that in mind. Created using a single piece of moulded plywood, the Eames Office used their creative architectural and engineering skills to shape the negative spaces of the legs/feet, keeping in mind the structural integrity of the seat to conform to a child’s size and weight. The children’s furniture came in a variety of kid-friendly colors too (red, blue, green, magenta, and yellow), all aniline-dyed into the birch wood. True to the Eames Office spirit and creativity - known for their whimsical nature - the chair was equipped with a finger hole cut in the shape of a heart designed for easy moving. This was the first time this romantic symbol was used by Charles and Ray Eames. Around the same time, interestingly, the Eames Office designed children’s toys such as the elephant, frog, seal, bear, and horse.  In the grand time line of the Eames’ success, the children’s chair design was an important step in what was to come of their low-cost post-war home furnishings as well as a tribute to the clever architectural genius of Charles and Ray Eames and the Eames Office. Summery: Mid-Century Modern Original design USA Charles and Ray Eames Vitra Production Children’s chair Birch plywood Pair 2004 Original Investment Practical and beautiful Condition: Offered in good condition with age related wear, offered in excellent structural condition with, wonderful examples of one of Eames’s most iconic designs. Dimensions: Height 14.5? / 37cm Width 14.5? / 37cm Depth 11? / 28cm Seat height 9” / 23cm.


  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Vitra (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Depth: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Seat Height: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1832321332582

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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 Eames 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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