50 reinterpretations of the Wire chair by Charles & Ray Eames
The famous Wire chair by Charles & Ray Eames is at the heart of a beautiful social, creative and artistic project. The association La Source, whose social and educational vocation includes artistic expression, has set up a partnership with theVitra Design Museum (Basel, Switzerland), a museum dedicated to design furniture. The latter has invited a number of French contemporary artists to revisit this iconic piece of 20th century design. The sale of these works of art took place on 18 December at the Hôtel de l’industrie in Paris, with the proceeds going to the La Source association’s workshop for children in difficulty.
The Wire chair (also known as DKR) was designed in 1948 for the“Low Cost FurnitureDesign” competition organised by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The welded steel wire used is reminiscent of the creations of designer Harry Bertoia. This is no coincidence, as he worked in the Eames workshop in the 1940s. The couple were therefore directly inspired by the designer’s work. Since 1958, Vitra has been offering slightly different versions of the original model by adding leather and offering different colours.
As you can see from the various photos, some artists have favoured art over function. This is the case of the French designer Philippe Starck who paid tribute to the famous Pont Des Arts in Paris by hanging padlocks on the whole vintage chair. It also becomes impossible to sit on Guillaume Delvigne ‘s reinterpretation of Gloriette. Finally, it is not advisable to use the Eames Barbecue by Designstudio as a seat as it is now used as a barbecue!
On the other hand, other artists such as the architect Jean-François Lesage– son of the weaver François Lesage and regular collaborator of Louboutin – and Bruno Moinard wanted to accentuate the comfort of the Wire chair. The former wove threads through the holes to create a colourful pattern, while the latter wrapped the chair in coloured wool. Ionna Vautrin chose to cover her Gaufrette model with a cushion to highlight the crossbars.
This ingenious and seductive collaboration between La Source and Vitra allows us to rediscover this mythical chair in different ways! We now leave you to discover these fabulous creations for yourself: