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Mid Century Modern Eames LKX Lounge Chairs First Generation 1951

$2,500per set

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Hard-to-find First Generation Eames LKX (Low/Wire/X-base) lounge chairs, only made one year with this configuration; 1951. Made by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Various areas of wear/oxidation, please see pictures. One chair has a small weld/repair in the front; photographed. I have not done any modifications or touch ups to these. The legs are solid, the boot glides were only used this first year of production, 1951. There aren't holes in the legs for domes-of-silence screw in glides, proving the authenticity of these chairs as First Generation. Patent Pending stamp on both chair bases. These chairs are works of functional art, and bikini or full pads can be found made-to-order online in various fabrics and colors for around $125-200 per chair depending on the fabric choice. Measures: 27.5" tall x 19" wide x 22.5" deep. 16" seat height. *Please inquire about reduced cost shipping for Northeast addresses. There is an option for Parcel Post for $300 - the chairs will be taken apart; the bases and seats (4 screws for each chair to put back together) The first release of the four-legged X base version was in two sizes, the dining (DKX) and the lounge height (LKX) versions. In 1954, following the same development of the bases of the plastic series chairs, the LKX was discontinued and replaced with an ever-so-slightly higher version deemed the medium (MKX) height wire chair. The X in the name of the DKX, LKX and MKX stands for the X base, an original patterned base with a clear crisscross where the base joins the top. This base was developed for the plastic series and was later utilized for the wire mesh chairs. The X-base was replaced in 1954 for the lighter and more versatile ‘H Base’ but for the sake of continuity the X in the name stayed, even to this day with the later re-launch. These were made in this configuration the first year of production.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Similar to
    Harry Bertoia (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 22.5 in. (57.15 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    Repaired: Small older weld in the front of one chair - please see pictures. Wear consistent with age and use. Wear consistent with age and use. Various areas of marks and oxidation. Please see pictures and ask for more if needed.
  • Seller Location
    Framingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: eames lkx chairs 1stDibs: LU5486221198722

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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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