Monday, May 3, 2010

Cilla: Eiffel Chair - Charles and Ray Eames

Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames (pronounced /ˈiːmz/) were American designers, married in 1941, who worked and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial design, fine art, graphic design and film. In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames were looking forward while other American designers were content to stay put. New materials, new techniques, new shapes—these were what interested the Eameses.

The designers were focused on the new plastics because this exciting material held the promise of being able to do more with less. They realized that plastic could be molded into organic shapes that would conform to the shape of the body.

Charles and Ray Eames met the challenge of making a reasonably priced quality chair that was light yet strong. Their solution, the Eames wire chair, featured a sculpted look, comfort, and practicality. It was an immediate hit. Today's versions remain true to the original design, materials, and detailing. Airy silhouette. The seat is made of cross-woven wires and positioned on a bent-wire, welded base, also called the 'Eiffel Tower' base. The seat fits the contours of the body. Seat and base are chrome finish. Sturdy and easy to move. There's cross weaving only where strength is required to make the chair lightweight.

A landmark design from Charles and Ray Eames, these were the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs. Today's chairs are authentic original design with updated, eco-friendly materials and manufacturing and a large selection of base, shell, and color combinations.

More than accent pieces, they are comfortable, durable performers in homes, offices, libraries, museums—just about everywhere.

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