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

$11,900
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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 and Ray Eames (Designer),Charles Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 81.5 in. (207.01 cm)Depth: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • 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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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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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.

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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