"Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition"


(right) Detail from the competition drawing submitted by Saarinen and Eames. The side chair was designed to be used either with the bare wood surface or with fabric on rubber. At the present stage of development only the upholstered version has been possible. The extreme elegance of the form is seen in the full size plaster model in the photograph below.
(above) The case furniture designed by Saarinen and Eames is veneered in Honduras mahogany. It carries the principle of standardization farther than any other group yet produced in this country. An 18 inch module was adopted, the units being 18 inches square (or 36 inches in length for the dining room cases).

The bases on which these units rest are 13 inches high and come in lengths to hold two, three, or four units (right), and may be used in combination to make larger groupings as well.
These units may be combined in any fashion on benches of various lengths. Independent pieces of furniture of almost any size and scale may be assembled by grouping them horizontally or vertically, or both, as shown above. The units have small rubber grips underneath to keep them from slipping on top of each other. A table top with two legs fits on a 15.5 inch high unit to form a desk which ties in with this system as seen above. There is also a corner unit, opening from the top.
Two tables were produced as part of the group by Saarinen and Eames. The dining table (above) in a diagrammatic grouping with the dining room cases, is 56 inches long and 36 inches wide.

A pair of metal extension arms pull out at either end to hold leaves 18 inches wide, making it into a 92 inch table extended, as shown (upper right). a low coffee table, 16.5 inches high and 40 inches on a side (lower right) is also being made in plywood by a process similar to that used for the chairs.
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