MoMA: New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames

DATE - 1946

After showing fifteen examples of early plywood furniture designs at the Barclay Hotel in New York City, the director of industrial design at the Museum of Modern Art, Eliot Noyes, invited Charles Eames to have a “one-man” furniture exhibition.

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For two weeks in March of 1946, MoMA hosted the all-plywood furniture, the upholstered side and lounge chairs, plywood and metal-legged side chairs, coffee and dining tables with either wood or metal legs, Case Goods, and children’s pieces. Other prototype chairs were displayed, but the most significant event of this exhibition was the plywood LCW’s public debut. 

The Eames Office staff installed objects, photographic panels depicting the manufacturing and testing processes, and devices to prove the durability of the new system of furniture. One device showed the durability of the chair’s rubber shock mounts, while another tests the chair’s structural integrity by tumbling it continuously inside a large drum.

It was through this exhibition that George Nelson introduced the Eameses to the president and sales manager of Herman Miller Furniture Company, thereby securing the lifelong partnership that is still in continuation today.

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