Charles and Ray Eames, ‘LAR Shell Chair’, 1955, Patrick Parrish Gallery

Rare Eames LAR (Lounge Arm Rod) low lounge chair with "cat's cradle"painted-steel base. Manufactured by Herman Miller in 1950-1967. Original upholstery by Alexander Girard.

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

About Charles and Ray Eames

Perhaps the most influential collaboration in design history, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames helped to create new concepts in furniture for a modern century. Exploring new techniques and materials like molded wood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, and bent wire, they created affordable furniture for the likes of Herman Miller, which have since become iconic pieces in design history. Their California studio was a laboratory where their team constantly refined and revised their experiments, reducing furniture to its most essential forms—as was the Pacific Palisades home they created as one of the famous Case Study Houses. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.” In addition to furniture, they created toys, films, videos, and textiles.

American, 1907 and 1912 - 1978 and 1988, Saint Louis and Sacramento

About Alexander Girard

A preeminent figure in midcentury American design, Alexander Girard combined a vibrant color palette and folk influences with the sleek and functional work of Herman Miller and Charles and Ray Eames. Girard established a textile division at Herman Miller’s leading design firm and served as its director from the early 1950s through the 1970s, ultimately branching out into his own furniture and industrial design lines. Inspired by the Navajo textiles that he was exposed to while in the southwestern United States, Girard enlivened the more minimalist tendencies of his peers and collaborators with bright colors and graphic prints, pioneering what would become an iconic midcentury design aesthetic.

American, 1907-1993