Long before the days of CAD and 3D renderings, Charles and Ray Eames would create a real life version of a wireframe chair, with their Eames Wire chair.
The Eames’s used their famous Eiffel base on a number of their moulded plastic chairs. Soon after they would get to work on creating the seat shape itself from wires which required further thinking and experimentation around wire manufacturing techniques.
To give the chair extra strength whilst keeping costs low, they used a thinner wire than on the Eiffel base but doubled it around the perimeter of the chair’s shape to create a stronger reinforced rim. The Eames Wire Chair was released in 1951 to the usual warm reception. There are 3 variations of this particular chair, The wire seat and back (pictured here), the seat with pad, and the seat and back pad.