Vitra Miniature Eames La Chaise

Vitra Miniatures Collection.

Motivated by the urgent need for low-cost housing and furnishing designs in the immediate postwar period, MoMA sponsored the "1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design."Charles and Ray Eames's winning entry, La Chaise, unfortunatelyproved too expensive to manufacture at the time.  It is only since 1991 that La Chaise has been produced in limited quantities by manufacturer Vitra. 
La Chaise is suitable for both sitting and lying on.  Inspired by Gaston Lachaise's 1927 sculpture 'Floating Figure', the name "La Chaise" was both a reference to the sculptor and a pun on his name.

A startling innovation in chair design, its expressive outline was made possible by technological advances in moulding fibreglass to create free-form shells for flexible seating. La Chaise consists of two paper-thin fiberglass shells glued to each other but separated by hard rubber discs; with polystyrene inserted in between. 

Charles and Ray Eames left the plastic shell un-treated. Five 
chrome-plated tubular steel rods support La Chaise from a crossed-shape oak base. The large opening between the back and seat is not technically necessary, but instead purely a design element. The intention was to emphasize the chair’s light weight visually by perforating the otherwise large volume of the shell.

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  • Design: Charles & Ray Eames
  • Year: 1948
  • Material: wood, metal & fiberglass
  • Dimensions: scale 1:6, 5.5" x 9.75" x 5.5"


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