The supportive back comes up high and tapers toward the top, providing clearance for your elbows—useful if you’re at a computer or pulled up close to a worktable. It’s stackable and ”gangable”—–you can clip several together to create rows.
It’s so popular it’s become ubiquitous—see practically every issue of Dwell.
The recyclable polypropylene plastic may be “eco-friendly,” but it lacks the tactile appeal of the original fiberglass seat, which patinas beautifully. Scour your vintage shops…
Charles and Ray Eames designed this elephant in 1945. The complex process required for molding the plywood pieces was prohibitive, however, and the elephant never made it past the prototype stage. Vitra revived the beast in polypropylene, making it durable enough to handle the wilds of the backyard, playroom, or even southern California; Check out this short stop-motion film made by Eames Demetrious, "A Gathering of Elephants," which features the creatures calling to each other and coming together from all over Los Angeles.
Introduced in 1951, this table has a wire frame and a top made of veneer, laminate, or baltic birch.
This 32 card set was designed by Charles Eames in 1952 and features images of textiles, patterns and everyday things, proving that inspiration can be found in the simplest of sources. Interlock them in any number of configurations—join the spools of thread with the batch of marbles with the checkerboard—and watch your dream house emerge.
This vaunted design was created for the 1940 MoMA exhibition “Organic Design in Home Furnishings.” The chair, which was the first to mold wood into complex curvatures and use the cycle-welding technique of bonding rubber to wood, won first prize at the show and would have been produced by Heywood-Wakefield had the war not intervened. The chair was finally mass produced by Vitra in 2006.
With its diverse architectural landscape and community that thrives on robust design discourse, Los Angeles is an ideal home for the annual Dwell on Design show. In June, the city will, once again, host and inspire the great minds who descend upon it each year, further elevating our collaborative exploration of the built—and even the unbuilt environment.