Plywood Group LCM
Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/1946
Due to the slender organic shapes of its seat and back shells, the LCM (Lounge Chair Metal) by Charles and Ray Eames quickly acquired the nickname 'potato chip chair'.
Back and seat (DCM, LCM) and base (DCW, LCW Calf's Skin, LCW Leather)
Cover material (LCM Leather, LCW Leather)
Cover material (LCM Calf's Skin, LCW Calf's Skin)
- Back/seat: moulded plywood with face veneer in ash or walnut.
- Upholstery: thin foam padding, covered in leather (LCW Leather) or calfskin hide (LCW Calf's Skin).
- Base: tubular steel, chrome-plated or powder-coated. Seat and backrest attached to the base with shock mounts (bonded rubber and metal connectors).
Charles and Ray Eames spent many years experimenting with new techniques for producing three-dimensionally moulded plywood seat shells that conformed to the contours of the human body. They achieved this with the chairs in the Plywood Group, which have matured into classics with an appearance that still looks contemporary today. For the Plywood Group, they also combined the seats and backs with different bases. Thanks to the organic shape of the plywood shells and the slightly flexible backrests, these light and compact chairs are extremely comfortable – also in the versions without upholstery.
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