Modern Design /07 October 2008


Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen

chair from the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition
Haskelite Corporation/Heywood-Wakefield
USA, 1940
Honduran mahogany, upholstery
18 w × 22 d × 32½ h in (46 × 56 × 83 cm)

Among the most important furniture designs of the 20th century, Eames' and Saarinen's prize-winning entry for seating in the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1941 was comprised of various armchairs, a sectional sofa and the present side chair. With their single-piece compound-moulded plywood seat shells, the chair designs were exceptionally innovative and signalled a totally new direction in modern furniture.

Signed with applied manufacturer's label to underside: [Fine Furniture Heywood Wakefield Est. 1826].

provenance: Sylvia Schoenbaum, Bloomingdale's Inc., New York | Gift to Ben Sanford, A.S.I.D., 1945 | Private collection, Canada | Neuman Trust Collection

exhibited: Organic Design in Home Furnishings, September 1941, Museum of Modern Art, New York

literature: Organic Design in Home Furnishings, Noyes, ppg. 15, 29 illustrates this example

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $50,400

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