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Eames LCW chair, 1945

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames
Manufactured by Vitra
Product code: VIT-41205400


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Eames LCW chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra.

The Eames LCW was hailed as greatest design of the twentieth century by Time magazine in its 1999 millenial issue. The name derives from the initials for Lounge Chair Wood.

The origins of the LCW lie in Charles and Ray Eames's experimentations with wood-moulding techniques of the 1940s. Their work in this field resulted in a commission from the US Navy to develop plywood splints, stretchers and glider fuselages for the war effort. Having perfected the technique of moulding of plywood under heat and pressure, once the war ended they applied this technology to the affordable, high-quality, mass-produced furniture.

Although they originally sought to design a chair with a single shell made of moulded plywood, the material proved incapable of withstanding the stresses at the junction of the chair back and seat. The distinctive form of the LCW evolved in response to this constraint, with separate moulded ply panels for seat and back linked by a moulded ply armature.

The LCW is available in four different finishes of moulded plywood: natural ash, red stained ash, black stained ash, and black pigmented walnut. It is also available upholstered in calfskin: brown/white calfskin with a natural ash frame, black/white calfskin with a black ash frame and black leather with a black pigmented walnut, natural ash, or black ash frame.

56w x 61d x 30/68cmh

Herman Miller have the sole license for the Charles and Ray Eames collection in the U.S. and Far East. Therefore export of these products from the UK to the U.S. is not possible.
For more information please contact Herman Miller.

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