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Charles and Ray, along with the original Eames Office team, certainly set to work in producing what can only be described as a large portfolio of various seating for all manner of uses. Whilst chairs for homes and workplaces would ultimately be the majority of what they produced, they nevertheless turned their hand in producing a small number of sofa designs and an even smaller number of what is known as ‘The Chaise Longue’.
Translated from French to mean ‘the long chair’, the coined phrase is largely utilized in describing sofa designs (mostly upholstered in some form) with the difference in that they can also support the legs. The longer ‘leg’ section is also often without back which creates that day bed appearance and they certainly do not take up the same amount of visual space as a regular sofa.
The now famous Eames La Chaise is a wonderful organic design originating from the drawing board in 1948. It resembles the figures and imagery of a Salvador Dali artwork and was really a bold and expressive design of the time! The piece was un-upholstered and was made entirely of fiberglass, the material which would lead Charles and Ray to bigger things with the plastic chair series in the early 1950’s.
The La Chaise was not produced for the general market until 1991, posthumously to both Charles and Ray Eames. It was only ever released by European manufacturer Vitra, initially in its original fiberglass and later by way of molded plastic.
The ES106 (more commonly known as the Billy Wilder Chaise Longue) was an entirely different animal. Resembling the couch one may find in the office of a psychiatrist, it is notable with its shortness of width and soft push cushioning in sections. The chaise was made famous by the anecdotal stories of the reasons why the piece was designed in the first place, for friend and film director Billy Wilder. The Chaise was made purposefully thin in order for the user to sleep but awaken from their nap shortly after once their arms fell down to the side.
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