In 1945, designers Charles and Ray Eames’ wartime research developed an inexpensive and efficient method of molding plywood into compound forms. In their search for a better way, the Eames’ developed an innovative technique for molding plywood. The process allowed them to bend wood furniture in new directions and give hard materials a soft look. They created the “Kazam Machine” and worked in their small Westwood, California apartment. Eventually, the molded plywood chair of seat, back and legs was created.
Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with these boldly original Molded Plywood Chairs. The aesthetic integrity, enduring charm, and comfort of the chairs earned them recognition from Time magazine as “The Best Design of the 20th Century.” Time called the design “something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered.”