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Charles Eames
(b. United States, 1907-1978)
and Ray Eames
(b. United States, 1912-1988)

Low Side Chair, designed 1945; manufactured by Evans
Products Company for Herman Miller, 1946-1957

Birch plywood and rubber shock mounts
Interdepartmental transfer, UC Santa Barbara

After years of trial and error, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames perfected the technology required to design furniture that was low-cost and could be mass-produced. The separate seat and backrest are joined by a plywood spine that, for the first time, was bent in more than one direction. Above all, the chair offers comfort by way of its molded shape, which cradles and conforms to the body. The engineering of its construction is revealed in the chair’s clean and honest form. No attempt has been made to hide the inventive use of rubber shock mounts, which allow for greater resilience. This icon of post-war production launched American design onto the world scene. Also called Lounge Chair Wood (LCW), this modern classic is known as the “chair of the century.”