Miniatures DCW Charles & Ray Eames, 1945

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  • Living Edge is committed to original and genuine design, offering furniture by the most world-renowned designers and manufacturers..

    As part of this commitment, Living Edge is bringing Vitra’s 100 Miniatures Exhibition to Australia in November, providing an opportunity for visitors to see the miniature versions of the world’s most

    famous chairs all in one place. The collection celebrates the last 200 years of chair design, marking pivotal moments in the history of furniture design, and providing insights into history in general. Many of the chairs were revolutionary explorations of material, technology and form, and continue be used in the environments that we create and live in today.

    Vitra’s 100 Miniatures Exhibition will be on show in Australia November 8 to March 26 with exhibitions in Living Edge’s Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth Showrooms.

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    In 1940, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen developed a chair with a novel plywood seat molded into a three-dimensional form for a competition sponsored by the New York Museum of Modern Art. However, it was not possible to produce the chair commercially, due to inadequate technical methods. It was seldom possible to press the plywood into a three-dimensional form without it breaking or splitting. During the following years, Charles and Ray Eames concentrated their efforts on developing a new method. The plywood chairs DCW (Dining Chair Wood) and LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) are the result of this long-term experimentation. In 1945, Charles and Ray Eames returned to the idea of a seating shell made out of molded plywood; however the results were unsatisfying. They dispensed with the multifunctional shell and divided the seat and back into separate, freely articulated elements connected by a spine (frame). Each element has a clearly defined function, which it fulfills optimally with a minimum amount of material. »Shock mounts« – rubber disks bonded onto the wooden surface – connect the seat and back with the frame, which exists in wood or metal and in two different heights, either as a dining chair or lounge chair.

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