AT Email: Best Product, the Eames LCW Chair - 1.29.08

AT Email: Best Product, the Eames LCW Chair - 1.29.08

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 29, 2008

January 29, 2008

After many years as a fan, I have made my first real Eames purchase. I bought an Eames Molded Plywood Lounger, or LCW for Low Chair Wood, for our new living room. I did it with a little hesitancy because I was concerned that it was such a well known design icon that our living room would look like every home in DWELL magazine. One month later, I have no reservations.

The history behind this chair is very cool. Considered the Eames' breakthrough, the LCW was created in 1946, the end result of their experiments in moulding wood splints for the US Airforce before and during the War. Initially, they worked at home with a bicycle-pump compressor and thin sheets of plywood.

Charles practiced modelling his wood splints on his own leg, so he became very proficient with mirroring human curves in wood. The stream of moulded plywood furniture that followed the LCW became one of the Eames great signatures and the LCW was recently named the "Best Design of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine.

This is a frickin' amazing chair. Consider this: the LCW is small scale so it fits into the smallest of rooms and yet its roomy in the sit area so that you feel like you have a lot of room. It's also remarkably comfortable and it will make you think that old Charles and Ray spent a great deal of time measuring people's behinds to get just the right fit. In sum, for half the price ($650) of a classy upholstered lounge chair, you can complete your living room.

I particularly like settling into the lounger in the evening with my computer for an hour or so of taking care of email. And although I had my eye on another chair to go opposite this one, I am reconsidering because I like the multiple effect and the price is just so good.

Real LCW's are made by Herman Miller and the price is fairly fixed at $650, but every year they have a sale and you can expect to take off %10. And if you are really slumming it, we found copies for half the price. All links are below.

Enjoy, Maxwell


>> Eames Office furniture page

>> Great Wikipedia LCW page

>> Herman Miller page

>> eBay Vintage Listings

>> DWR (where we bought ours)

>> Inmod (where we found cheap copies)




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