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Child's Chair

Designer:
Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Designer:
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Manufacturer:
Evans Products Company
Date:
ca. 1940
Medium:
Molded plywood
Dimensions:
14 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (36.8 x 36.8 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Daniel Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.437
Not on view
This molded plywood chair is part of a suite of furniture the Eameses designed in 1946 specifically for children. This project reflects an increasing interest in the postwar period in creating modern furniture, toys, and other objects for the use and benefit of young children. While recalling their other popular plywood chairs of this period, the LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) and DCW (Dining Chair Wood), this chair is simpler in design and construction. It is comprised of a single piece of molded plywood, draped into a sturdy, durable form, built to withstand the rigors of playtime while providing comfort and support to young, growing bodies. The heart-shaped cutout in the center of the chair back is a reminder of the Eames' strong appreciation of folk art and culture, in this case, Charles' interest in Swedish folk art.
Daniel Wolf, New York (until 1986; his gift to MMA)

Esther McCoy. "Charles and Ray Eames." Design Quarterly no. 98/99 (1975), p. 26, ill.

John Neuhart, Marilyn Neuhart, and Ray Eames. Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. New York, 1989, pp. 54–55, ill. (bw and color).

Pat Kirkham. Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass., 1995, pp. 216, 218, 450 n. 42, figs. 5.9, 5.10.

Gloria Koenig. Charles & Ray Eames 1907–1978, 1912–1988: Pioneers of Mid-Century Modernism. Cologne, 2005, pp. 27–28.

Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture., Book 1: The Early Years. Berlin, 2010, pp. 352–58, ill. (color and bw, details, overall, and sketches), ill. pp. 123, unpaginated (color detail).



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