The Miniatures Collection presents the most important classics of modern furniture history in miniature scale of 1 : 6. The construction, materials and colors correspond to the historical Vitra Design Museum collection original, right down to the last detail. Because they are so true to the originals, the miniatures are not only valuable collector's items, but also ideal illustrative material for universities, colleges of design and architects.
The Miniatures Collection is unique worldwide. For each miniature, there is a license agreement with the designer or their estate. Many designers collaborate with us to develop the miniatures of their own designs and offer their assistance by supplying information on the objects.
La Chaise was created as an entry for the Low-Cost Furniture Design competition held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. La Chaise consists of two paper-thin fiberglass shells glued to each other but separated by hard rubber discs; the intervening space was filled with polystyrene foam.
Charles and Ray Eames left the plastic shell un-treated. The base is made of five in part angled metal rods inserted into a cross-shaped wooden structure. The space left open between back and seat is not technically necessary, but instead purely a design element. The intention was to emphasize the chair’s light weight visually by perforating the otherwise large volume of the shell.
• miniature 1:6 scale model of original design
• fiberglass, iron rods, wood
• measures 5.5 x 9.75 x 5.5 inches