The Eames “La Chaise” lounge is one of the most iconic pieces of modern furniture ever to be produced. The lounge was designed by design duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1948.
“La Chaise” was designed for the 1948 competition for low-cost furniture held by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). A full scale model of the lounge was produced and accepted by MoMA and production costs were estimated at $15 for the lounge’s shell and $12 for its base. The design was featured in the museum’s 1949 exhibition of modern living. However, it was not produced commercially until 1990. Since then, it has been produced in limited runs by manufacturer Vitra. It is constructed from a fiberglass shell and natural oak base with metal supports.