La Chaise [Vitra]

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1948, 1996 – Present

Charles and Ray designed this lounge chair for The Museum of Modern Art’s 1948 “International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design.” Its name references both its function as well as Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure sculpture, whose shape the Eameses thought would fit the chair perfectly.

Comprised of two bonded fiberglass shells, a chromed base, and natural oak feet, the chair exhibits a captivating elegance and allows for a wide range of sitting and reclining positions.

The Eames La Chaise was never sold during Charles and Ray’s lifetime, as it proved too costly to produce; however, their Armchair design, which they entered into the same competition, won a prize and was produced in fiberglass to great success.

It wasn’t until 1996 that the long-time Eames partner, Vitra International, began manufacturing and distributing the La Chaise in response to public interest and demand. Today, the chair serves as a long-established icon of organic design.

Read more about the Eames La Chaise design on the website for Vitra Design Museum.