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Eames Compact Sofa

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray gained inspiration for this design from a sectional seating unit built into their Eames House living room alcove. The design is also similar to the prototype they made for the 1951 wire sofa; however, they adapted the Sofa Compact to use fewer parts, eliminate much of the hand labor, and be less expensive to produce. Comfortable and svelte, yet also strong and durable, the Sofa Compact sits well in homes and office spaces alike. It is available exclusively from Herman Miller in a variety of high-quality upholstery fabrics. When first introduced, the Sofa Compact was shipped as a “flat pack” product. You can see how the back folded down on historical examples. Today, the design no longer folds down; it is sold as a fully upright sofa.


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Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and joined the faculty the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition 'Organic Design in Home Furnishings' organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook, and in 1941 he married Ray Kaiser.
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