Charles Eames produced two versions of this chair: One had a seat back and seat made of perforated metal. The other had the same form, but the parts were made of sheet metal If ever a chair were true to its name, it is this one.
The entry panel description reads as follows: “The Minimum Chair: A chair minimum in mass but not so in comfort. It provides the body a welcome type of relaxation by supporting but not confining. For the small dining, kitchen desk, any place where space is at a premium.”
This chair, with a front view profile that resembles an exclamation point, weighed only 13 pounds. It was too radical for the greater furniture market with its spare bent steel structure and literally “minimal” seat and back.
Even though the chair model was submitted as part of the Eames entry in this competition, the judges did not comment on it. They focused instead on the molded shell arm and side chairs, which, by the time of the competition exhibition were already being made in fiberglass.