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Mid Century Dining Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller, Fiberglass, USA, 1970s

$2,021.16per set

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Dining Chairs by Eames, Orange, Fiberglass Shell, USA, 1970s. A set of four Mid-Century Modern orange coloured fiberglass shell chairs with chrome H base in good vintage condition designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The H metal base is a 3rd generation of these shell chairs, the first two had the X base but this shape was then replaced on order to reduce cost and improve durability. The orange shell has its original finish with the typical fiberglass structure in good vintage condition. The chairs are labeld at the bottom with an original Herman Miller sticker. Charles and Ray Eames built their single-shell chair design on the principle of universality. Two biomorphic shell shapes welcome bodies of all shapes and sizes. A choice of bases addresses most seating needs—dining, working, even rocking a baby to sleep. In 1949, Charles and Ray designed and built their own home in Pacific Palisades, California, as part of the Case Study House Program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine. Their design and innovative use of materials made the House a mecca for architects and designers from both near and far. Today, it is considered one of the most important post-war residences anywhere in the world. The world's first molded fiberglass chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, are introduced by the famous US company Herman Miller Inc. which nowadays is still one of the leading manufacturers of office furniture and furniture systems, second only to Steelcase, Inc. in sales worldwide.

Details

  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Width: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Depth: 20.87 in. (53 cm)Seat Height: 18.51 in. (47 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Special restoration or reupholstery can be done on request. Our craftsmen can guarantee a very high standard.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5648223361852

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About the Designer

Charles and Ray Eames

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 (1907–78) studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser, 1912–88) was an artist, who studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (the legendary institution 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.

The collection of original Eames furniture on 1stDibs includes chairs, tables, case pieces and other items.

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