During the 1950’s, enterprising furniture companies began to forge productive and long lasting partnerships with the leading designers of the day. In the USA one company stood out above all others: Herman Miller. Their relationship with Charles and Ray Eames –two of the greatest designers in American history- would lead to the creation and production of some of the most lauded and sought after pieces of furniture the world has seen. Charles Eames, working in collaboration with his wife Ray, pushed forward technological frontiers by constant experimentation with moulded plywood and plastics. Dining and living room chairs, stacking chairs, desks, screens, wall units: virtually any piece by the Eameses is now highly collectable today, and in this artic le we will take a look at some of the best examples to look out for.
The Eames fibreglass rocking chair was sold by Herman Miller from 1950 to 1968, then, quite amazingly, was offered only as a gift to employees of the company who became parents. Comprising of a revolutionary pure white one-piece, sculpted fibreglass seat, which curls gracefully around its occupant, taking on the look of an exotic flower, and a delicate, catamaran-like, rocking base, the chair has an almost ethereal feel. It exudes a calm wistfulness and, if you can find one, would be the perfect accessory in the corner of a study, library or nursery room.
If it is a real statement piece you need to really fill a space, look no further than the La Chaise chair. The La Chaise dominates any room in which it is placed. Though identical in its physical makeup and fabric composition to the Eames rocking chair, it is completely free from in terms of its shape and unlike any other chair you will come across. If, looking at one, you are wondering how a design so space age and complicated in terms of its shape could have been made so long ago, congratulations you have rumbled a little known secret. Though designed by the Eameses in 1948, the chair could not be produced, and remained a concept and no more until recent years. Looking just as current as anything designed over the last ten year, the La Chaise is a tribute to the forward thinking genius of the Eameses.