La Fonda Armchairs for Herman Miller – Set of 12

CHF 11,000.00

La Fonda Armchairs for Herman Miller – Set of 12

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Eames low back armchairs with aluminum base. Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in co-operation with Alexander Girard.

The la Fonda chair was originally designed by the Eames’ couple for the “La Fonda Del Sol” restaurant in the Time Life Building (NY) during the 1960s, an interior design project by Alexander Girard.

We have a very rare matching set of 12 pieces available, which would work well around a large dining table or meeting room environment. Please note we will only sell as a set.



Origination: United States, 1960s. Marked on shock mounts with Herman Miller logo. A handful of chairs still retain the original Herman Miller foil label.

Condition: Good vintage condition. Shock mounts are strong and intact. Some signs of use, however no damages or repairs. Glides have been replaced, the chairs have been cleaned, but not restored. We have left the aluminum bases untouched to retain the unpolished look. This unique set is ready for daily use.



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Height: 75 cm
Width: 63 cm
Depth: 46 cm

Seating height: 45 cm

About the Designers

Charles and Ray Eames

Ray Charles Eames

The couple Charles and Ray Eames can be viewed as the personalisation of American-modernism. The are well-known for their design classics such as the Eames Lounge Chair, fibre glass arm and sidechairs, or the aluminium group furniture. Their pieces still are and have been featured in TV shows, movies, commercials etc. and are included in the standard collection of museums worldwide.

After Charles and Ray met during the war days in 1941, they decided to move to Los Angeles where they aimed at designing low-cost furniture, suitable for mass production.

Before meeting Ray, Charles studied architecture and collaborated with designers such as Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright. With respect to Ray, she had a more artistic background, having studied with the painter Hans Hofmann in New York.

It was their co-operation with the US Navy for which they developed a leg splint using a new technique that allowed them to bent plywood using steam and pressure, giving inspiration for the Eames Chair Wood, a bent plywood chair, produced by Evans, and still made today by the Herman Miller Company and Vitra.

Throughout their career, Charles and Ray kept experimenting with new techniques such as fibre glass, plywood, metal and plastics. Their work didn’t limit only to furniture, but also includes buildings, toys, film etc. Basically, anything they designed and produced has become a highly sought after design classic : large sums are paid in auctions for original, non-restored pieces.

The work of Charles and Ray can be viewed in the standard collection of renowed museums, such as the MOMA in New York, or the new Vitra Museum Weil-am-Rhein in Germany.

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