Just In at Decor Direct: Charles Eames LCW Mid Century Chair
JUST IN: We love the sexy, low profile of the LCW Chair by Charles and Ray Eames. Time Magazine says this is Best Design of the 20th Century! Guess what was in second place…no, not a chair, not a table, but —- wait for it —— a locomotive.
Time called the LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) design “something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered.” The aesthetic integrity, enduring charm, and comfort of the chairs is what singled out this design for the award by Time Magazine.
Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with this excitingly original molded plywood chair.
The LCW chair we have at Decor Direct available for purchase is in original condition, just as it was designed by the Eames’. It is constructed of walnut.
It came directly from the original owner’s family, The Warshaw’s, who had purchased the chair and many other iconic Herman Miller pieces of furniture in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s in New York City.
The chair has never been modified, and although not in pristine condition, it is in excellent vintage condition. Some minor issues appropriate for its 60 years of use. The chair is in walnut finish, with the original label present. All the shock mounts appear to be original. A real collectors item for those serious about their appreciation of design!
It stays true to Charles Eames vision of an “honest” chair that shows all its engineering off for the world to see.
Many other iconic mid century furniture pieces available at Decor Direct, including other pieces from the Warshaw Collection of Herman Miller pieces, including a sawtooth gate leg table and 4 cabinets and a china cabinet from the series of Basic Cabinets by George Nelson.
D E S I G N E R S: Charles Eames & Ray Eames
P R O D U C E R: Herman Miller
D E S C R I P T I O N
LCW - Lounge Chair Wood
LCW produced by Herman Miller, between 1948 and 1958.
About the Eames LCW Chair:
"The Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW) (also known as Low Chair Wood or Eames Plywood Lounge Chair) is a low seated easy chair designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames.
The chair was designed using technology for molding plywood that the Eames developed before and during the Second World War. Before American involvement in the war, Charles Eames and his friend, architect Eero Saarinen, entered a furniture group into the Museum of Modern Art’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition” in 1940, a contest exploring the natural evolution of furniture in response to the rapidly changing world. Eames & Saarinen won the competition. However, production of the chairs was postponed due to production difficulties, and then by the United States’ entry into WWII. Saarinen left the project due to frustration with production.
Charles Eames and his wife Ray Kaiser Eames moved to Venice Beach, CA in 1941. Charles took a job as a set painter for MGM Studios to support them. Ray, formally trained as a painter and sculptor, continued experiments with molded plywood designs in the spare room of their apartment. In 1942 Charles left MGM to begin making molded plywood splints for the U.S. Air Force. The splints used compound curves to mimic the shape of the human leg. The experience of shaping plywood into compound curves contributed greatly to the development of the LCW.”
— From Wikipedia