DATE - 1951

The 1951 Wire Sofa was developed concurrently with the Eames Office development of the Upholstered Wire Chairs. As with the Upholstered Wire Chairs, the framework of each was made of steel wire, designed as structural support for upholstered pads.

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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