Design Classic: Eames Children's Chair

Design Classic: Eames Children's Chair

Tammy Everts
Sep 22, 2009

Ray and Charles Eames are best known for applying their experimental use of molded plywood to adult furniture, but like many important twentieth-century designers, they also made forays into children's furnishings. The couple's Children's Chair, issued in 1945, has recently been celebrated with a re-issue.

Available in two finishes -- natural and red -- the Children's Chair was one of the very first pieces of series furniture to be made from 3D molded plywood. To this day, the influence of the Children's Chair can be seen in contemporary kids' designs by companies like notNeutral and Blu Dot.

A limited edition when it was first issued, original versions of the Children's Chair don't make many appearances in vintage shops or on eBay. The Vitra Design Museum recently re-issued the chair and its matching stool in a special collector's edition. We found it at Modernseed for $449.

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