Eames Moulded Plywood Chair, 1950s
by Charles and Ray Eames
Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with their boldly original moulded plywood chairs. The aesthetic integrity, enduring charm and comfort of the chairs earned them recognition from Timemagazine as The Best Design of the 20th Century. Time called the design “something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered”. (A locomotive came in second.)
You can tell it’s Eames at a glance. Lounge chair, dining chair. Both with wood or chrome-plated steel legs. Moulding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes gives the durable material a soft, inviting appearance. The chairs work just about anywhere, from homes and offices to schools and public areas.
The chairs are offered with richly grained birch veneer in bright colours that recall the times when the chairs were introduced. The environmentally friendly aniline stains that we use allow the wood’s natural characteristics to shine through. They are also available in natural cherry, walnut and light ash.
A Shape that Sits Well
In their search for a better way, Charles and Ray Eames developed an innovative technique for moulding plywood. The process allowed them to bend wood furniture in new directions and give hard materials a softer look.
The moulding process creates contours in the plywood that fit the shape of the body. The plywood has five plies, with hardwood inner plies. Natural rubber shock mounts absorb movement.
Expanded Materials and Options
We’ve updated the existing finishes and added new material options to restore the original character of this timeless classic. The Eames Moulded Plywood Chairs are now available in a range of upholstered fabric options and two new base finish options – a sophisticated black matt and an environmentally friendlier trivalent chrome.
More choice means that you are able to curate complete environments and yet still provide the same high level of quality and workmanship, regardless of the choices you make.
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