Vitra LCM Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames (Black)
The LCM chair was first released in 1946 and stands for Lounge Chair on a Metal base. It was the lounger edition of the metal leg plywood chairs developed by Charles Eames in collaboration with the Evens Plywood Company. The LCM was one of the four products that came from Charles' experiments with bending plywood. Alongside the LCM there was the dining version DCM chair, as well as the wood-legged LCW and DCW chair.
The first of these chairs were made from Birch or Ash, but later the LCM chair was made in a great number of other woods including walnut and rosewood. Besides, they would also be upholstered with factory fabrics.
Many of the plywood products ceased to be produced by the end of the 50s largely due to new trends and new materials being available to designers. They were of course superseded by the arrival of the plastic chair series but even they were based on the idea of changing bases and tops started with the plywood range. The LCM and sister DCM however were spared and continued to be produced through the decades until now.
The Eames Plywood Lounge Side Chair was first made by the Evans Plywood Company, in Los Angeles California. After some time production was shifted to Grand Lake in Michigan whereby the Herman Miller company was the principal distributor. In 1949 the Evans company sold the furniture range and all its rights to Herman Miller who continued the production.
This LCM chair is produced by Vitra in 1998. This can be seen by on the manufacturer sticker on the bottom of the seat. It has normal signs wear, which gives it a great patina, and the overall condition is great considering its age.
Height: 66 cm
Width: 55 cm
Depth: 63 cm
Sitheight: 38 cm