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

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

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 3, Exhibition Galleries

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.
Medium
Hard rubber foam, plastic, wood, and metal
Dimensions
32 1/2 x 59 x 34 1/4" (82.5 x 149.8 x 87 cm)
Credit
Gift of the designers
Object number
647.1973
Department
Architecture and Design

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