Armchair DAL La Fonda by Eames for Vitra, 1960
DAL chair by Charles and Ray Eames with an original La Fonda base. This base was designed for the restaurant La Fonda del Sol in New York in the sixties (see photo). The shell is made of fiberglass.
Charles and Ray Eames were friends of architect Alexander Girard and were asked to design the 'La Fonda' chairs. They were similar to the Eames fiberglass shell chair, but Girard requested a lower backrest to fit under the tables, so that the tables could be seen. Alexander Girard designed every aspect of the Latin American themed restaurant from the matchbooks and menus to the space planning, tableware and waiting staff uniforms. The Eames Office designed a new base for the exclusive use of the La Fonda series. It comprised of two mirrored columns, brought together to create a beautiful and unique pedestal creation. They were released to the general market at the time of the restaurant launch and they remained in the catalog until 1974.
In very good condition with still the original red wool upholstery and an excellent white La Fonda base.
Seating height: 47cm