Computers and Eames Chairs Come of Age together Posted August 7, 2020 by Daniel Ostroff

In 1950, the Eames molded plastic chair made its debut at the Museum of Modern Art and in retailers across the country. The original chairs came with many different base configurations, including a dowel leg base with a built-in swivel mechanism and even a rocking chair. In 1958, the Eameses introduced a model that was suitable for office use, including for use by I.T. professionals.

Featured in this AP Wire Service photo is I.B.M. Data Systems Engineer Diana Rode; her job was to find solutions to data-processing problems for I.B.M. customers. Her chair was an Eames PSCC-3.

This Eames chair model came in two configurations:  the PSCC-3, like Diana’s, had an Intermediate Seating Angle cushion affixed to the back, and another cushion on the seat.

The related PSCC-4, as shown below provided the user with an even more upright position: the Straight Seating Angle Cushion on the back, and a seat cushion.

In 1957, the year before Charles and Ray devised this new version of their fiberglass chair, they undertook their first I.B.M. commission: making the animated film, “The Information Machine,” which was featured in IBM’s Brussels Worlds Fair Pavilion. This animated film places the computer in a historical perspective and shows how creative people, like Diana Rode, could use computers to help define and solve problems.