Charles Eames, Ray Eames. Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise). 1948

Charles Eames, Ray Eames Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise) 1948

  • Not on view

This chaise longue was inspired by Gaston Lachaise's 1927 sculpture Floating Figure and nicknamed after the artist. It did not receive a prize because it was considered too "specialized in use" and too expensive to manufacture at the time. However, it was highlighted by the judges, who admired its "striking, good-looking and inventive" molded construction. La Chaise finally went into production in 1990 and is now one of the Eameses's signature works.

Gallery label from What Was Good Design? MoMA's Message, 1944-56, May 6, 2009–January 10, 2011.
Hard rubber foam, plastic, wood, and metal
32 1/2 x 59 x 34 1/4" (82.5 x 149.8 x 87 cm)
Gift of the designers
Object number
Architecture and Design

Installation views

MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos.

If you notice an error, please contact us at

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or, please email If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to