1705 CHAIR

DATE - 1961

As designers, Charles and Ray wanted to be of service, and solving problems for friends was a good starting point. This particular furniture line has always been known unofficially as the “La Fonda Group,” because its genesis was a response to what Alexander Girard needed for his new restaurant, La Fonda Del Sol, in the prestigious Time-Life Building in New York City.

Eames 1705 Chair

The Eames 1705 chair features a “La Fonda” side shell top on a “contract” base. It was offered with “injection molded heat tempered white nylon glides” or with hard rubber casters. This chair sits lower than the “dining or desk” height 1700-1 and 1730-1 chairs. This was deliberate. Charles Eames used a version of this model as his chair when taking close-up tabletop photographs; that’s why he specified the lower height for this model.

After first appearing in the restaurant, the Eameses and their partners at Herman Miller agreed that the La Fonda designs would appeal to their larger clientele, and starting in 1961 made some of these designs available to the public. After that, they were in continuous production for almost 30 years.

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