Miniature La Chaise

Charles & Ray Eames, 1948

»La Chaise« was created as an entry for the »Low-Cost Furniture Design« competition held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. »La Chaise« consists of two paper-thin fiberglass shells glued to each other but separated by hard rubber discs; the intervening space was filled with polystyrene foam. Charles and Ray Eames left the plastic shell untreated. The base is made of five in part angled metal rods inserted into a cross-shaped wooden structure. The space left open between back and seat is not technically necessary, but instead purely a design element. The intention was to emphasize the chairÙs light weight visually by perforating the otherwise large volume of the shell.

Scale 1:6

Material: fiberglass, iron rods, wood

Manufacturer of the full-scale 1:1 model since 1991 Vitra, Basel / Switzerland,  

  • Designer:
  • Charles & Ray Eames, Biography, Products
  • Size (l/h/w):
  • 142 x 137 x 250 mm

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