Eames 1951 Wire Sofa
The Eames 1951 Wire Sofa possessed a three cloth cushions with button-tufted upholstery that were attached to the metal framework, two on the high back and one for the seat. It was designed for flat-pack shipping: a series of four collapsible wire struts on solid wood runners supported the sofa framework. The entire back of the sofa was removable for shipping. The idea was sound: that a sofa designed for flat-pack shipping could be very economical, the wire structure proved to require too much costly labor to be practical for mass production.
Two models were made by Charles and Ray, a three-seater and a two-seater. The concept and basic form were used later in the Eames Sofa Compact.
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