The collection
Large molded shell armchair in orange fiberglass with a crisscrossing base of black wire.

Armchair, LAR

Designed by
Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988)
Fiberglass, steel, rubber
Produced by
Herman Miller Furniture Co., Zeeland, Michigan
64.1 x 63.4 x 62.1 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, D81.111.1

This husband-and-wife team was responsible for some of the most important furniture designs of the twentieth century. Designed to be mass-produced and inexpensive, this armchair depended on a molded, curved plastic shell to replaced traditional upholstered seating.

Its back, arms and seat are elements of a single sculptural form. The wire support structure, one of a few interchangeable base styles available, replaced traditional vertical legs. In 2001, Herman Miller reintroduced the molded chairs in polypropylene rather than fiberglass, and they are still available in a variety of colors and styles, including this LAR (Low Armchair with a Rod base).

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.