Name: Three Dining Chairs
Period: Mid Century Modern
Medium: Molded walnut veneered plywood, chrome-plated steel rods, and rubber shock mounts
Dimensions: Other: 30 × 19 × 20 in. (76.2 × 48.3 × 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Geitel Winakor. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2007.76abc
The Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair (1946) is instantly recognizable as the work of Charles and Ray Eames, with a form that relates directly to the human body and holds no secrets as to how it succeeds technically. The expertly crafted molded plywood seat and back cradle the user and feature hardwood inner ply for durability. The slender rod base is composed of just a handful of components, yet provides superior strength. Rubber shock mounts buffer against jarring movement. Self-leveling pod glides level on uneven surfaces.
(Adapted from Design within Reach website, 2009)
"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."-Charles Eames