Originally designed in 1948, the Eames La Chaise was a conceptual free-form & organically designed daybed on which a user could either sit or lie. With an almost Dali-esque appearance, the inspiration for the piece actually came from the sculpture 'The Floating Figure' by Gaston Lachaise, hence the origins of the name. Although intended to be released in 1950, Herman Miller found the piece to be too costly and never released one.
It would take over 40 years before the Eames La Chaise would actually be put into production. This would happen in 1991 when the first market pieces rolled off the production line of Vitra, the European licensee. It means therefore that the 'La Chaise' was a design that was not part of the portfolio of Charles and Ray Eames during their lifetime. Vitra later reproduced a few of the early Eames designs that were not released including La Chaise and the Plywood Elephant. Although the Wiki is designed to showcase the works of Charles and Ray available in their lifetime, the Eames La Chaise is included as it is known around the world, has a great history and is a faithful reproduction of the concept.
The Eames La Chaise design was actually a concept entered into the 'International Competition For Low Cost Furniture' held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1948. It did not win as was deemed too large but did get special mention for its form. In truth the competition was more important for Charles Eames as the beginning of the development for the fiberglass side and arm chairs, even though they did start life in aluminum.
The Eames La Chaise was initially released in 1991 sympathetic to the original design before changing to use polyurethane in 2001.
|Molded 2 part Fiberglass, later Injection molded Polyurethane
Distinctive black and silver label of a later made Vitra made Eames La Chaise