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Eames Chaise: Comfort and Tecnology

Charles Eames was a major exponent of Organic Architecture: from his collaboration with Ray Kaiser (his partner in work and private life) a lot of  most interesting creations of modern furniture, like the eames chaise. The eames chaise was projected and developed by Charles and Ray Eames for a competition organized by the MoMa museum of New York, in 1948: the American designer in building this object inspired to the bronze sculpture “Floating Figure”, made by the French artist Gaston Lachaise.

The tribute by the American designer to the French artist is in the name of this chaise lounge, called chaise eames.
Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and joined the faculty the following year.

In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition 'Organic Design in Home Furnishings' organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook, and in 1941 he married Ray Kaiser.

Ray Eames was born as Bernice Alexandra Kaiser in Sacramento, California, in 1912. She attended Bennett College in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 and married Charles Eames the following year.

The shape of eames chaise, the materials of this chaise lounge, the particularly flowing lines, are a tipical part of the production of Charles Eames: the American designer made a study on the availment of various materials and the possible combination of these material and he didn’t neglect the primary function of objects. Indeed Charles Eames used two joined fiberglass shells to make the framework of the eames chaise. To sustain the chaise he putted four slims stained steel supports (similar to wires) that support the seat rest, embed in a crossed style ground in maple.

The eames chair exhibits a captivating elegance and allows for a wide range of sitting and reclining positions. The eames chaise was never sold during Charles and Ray’s lifetime, as it proved too costly to produce; however, their Armchair design, which they entered into the same competition, won a prize and was produced in fiberglass to great success.

If you choose the eames chaise for your home or office you will get not only a comfortable chair, but also an object with an unique style and a modern line. Thanks to the modern and solid materials used for the chair, its line is simple but elegant, and you can choose the color of the chair, finding the most suitable to your furniture and to your personal taste.
 
 

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