One of the most famous icons of the Fifties, La Chaise, a classic of design furniture, was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948, for the “International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design”, organized by MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, even if it was not produced for several years, because it was too expensive.

La Chaise, by Charles & Ray Eames.

La Chaise took its name from Gaston Lachaise‘s Floating Figure sculpture, which the Eames believe could fit perfectly into the armchair.

La Chaise, by Charles & Ray Eames, in the Johnson Wiley’s house, by Philip Johnson.

Initially, it consisted of two glass fibre shells, glued and separated by a rubber disc, with the cavity filled with polystyrene; the base consisted of five round metal bars, with wooden feet intersecting.

La Chaise, by Charles & Ray Eames. (photo from Vitra catalogue)

The curved, generous and welcoming shape allows it to take on different positions, and has contributed to making La Chaise an icon of organic design.

La Chaise, by Charles & Ray Eames (photo from Vitra catalogue).

The high production cost kept it away from the market until the ’90s, when Vitra introduced it in its catalogue, with a lacquered polyurethane shell, chrome-plated steel rods and oak feet.

La Chaise, by Charles & Ray Eames. (photo from the Vitra catalogue)