32 STYLE | home Who? Ross Morrison, owner of Mr Mod and midcentury furniture expert. What? LCM (Lounge Chair Metal) moulded plywood chair, designed by Charles & Ray Eames in the 1940s, sometimes called the ‘potato chip’ chair. Born from technologies the husband and wife used in the Second World War when they worked for the military making surgical splints out of laminated veneer. The Eames then pioneered the moulding of plywood in making furniture for the masses. They spent two and a half years in production, perfecting a virtually indestructible chair designed to follow the body’s contours. The original design is still manufactured today by Vitra and Herman Miller. Why I love it? I really like the simplicity of the design, the comfort, and that it was one of the first pieces they designed. It was so advanced, though the Eames name is pretty up there in the world of mid-century furniture now. When you look at the 1940s and what else was being produced, it was way ahead of its time. It’s also one of the most comfortable chairs, even though it’s got a very firm seat and back – you can tell the difference between this, which is an original, and a fake, which they make in China, by sitting on this. You can sit on this for hours, whereas the other ones are far too hard because the design is wrong. It’s got really nice patina, it’s unrestored, it’s laminated ash so you can see the grain even though it’s ebonised. It’s stamped with LCM underneath, has the original metal feet and equally inventive rubber shock mounts flexing between the ply and metal frame. When and where did you get it? I’ve had it for 13 or 14 years. Bought off a friend in California and he got it from an architect’s house in the Oakland Hills. It probably sat in the same house until I got it.
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