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Reader request - Eames LCM

A reader named Monica recently scored 3 Eames LCM chairs at an estate sale (lucky girl!). Here's her dilemma: I'd like to use them as dining chairs, but I know they're more lounge-type chairs (hence the L in the name). They're not super low, but you end up leaning back more than in a regular dining chair. I see the Eames shell chairs in dining rooms all the time, but never these. Do you have any examples of dining rooms that use these? I'm thinking about pairing them with a wood table and a built-in- or freestanding-bench along the other side. They actually come in a 16" lounge version which is what Monica has, and an 18" dining chair version. She's trying to convince her husband they will work as dining chairs because she has enough occasional chairs (although I personally think there's no such thing as too many chairs!). I went through my photo stash and found photos of it as a dining chair, and I threw in some of the LCW version too at the end. I love these as dining chairs - they're a great break from the normal Eames molded plastic chairs everyone seems to use.  

Roger D'Souza


Living Etc.

Living Etc.

Dane Tashima



S.R. Gambrel

Canadian House & Home

Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Amanda Prior

Chicago Home + Garden


Apartment Therapy


Eric Roth

James Wagman

Home & Decor Singapore

Ian MacDonald

Wallpaper* Magazine

Reader Comments (15)

Love all these chairs! Need to replace my old, broken ones at home!

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAuthentic BJJ

Where can I get the hanging lampshade in the photo from Lonny? Better yet how do I make it?

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

Love these chairs! I'm from Seattle and there's a restaurant here called Boom Noodle who uses them in their dining room.

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Thanks so much Kim, these pix are just the thing I was looking for! Now, to work on my husband! ;) lol! Have a great weekend!

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

From the photographs, it is not always possible to tell where they are using the dining chair version and where they are using the lounge chair version. (at least -- I can't!!)

Having used a lounge chair as a dining chair myself -- the Mart Stam, which is commonly used as such -- I learned why it's really, really bad idea. Simply put, lounge chair often have a backward cant and are not the right height for a dining table. You and your guests will be very uncomfortable, fighting the chair to eat your dinner (and dribbling on yourself to boot).

Just because they show it in a picture doesn't mean that it is a good solution to be copied... just means that it looks pretty.

Please learn from my years of dining misery...

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

excellent...thanks for your research...a perfect chair...

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commentercabbagerose

All of the designs really are amazing in their own right. However the design from Dane Tashima, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Ian MacDonald really stood out for me. Very spacious enviornments with simple relaxing design. Thanks for sharing!

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDannette Klein


Monika might be right. It looks like the majority of the photos are using DCM or DCW chairs which are made for dining. LCM and LCW are much lower and more difficult to use at a 29"h table.


7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I got four of black ones for 40 bucks..enjoying them a lot...

7 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralikat

Wow, I have never seen them before, everyone has been talking about plastic side chair forever now.

This was something new and exciting, thanks for sharing!


8 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAn act of style.

Tom/Monika, pretty sure that all the chairs in the pictures are DCM/DCW and not the lounge variety.

8 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHK

Hi Monica,

I have (8) DCW and I hate sitting on them. They are comfortable away from a table but as soon as they are pulled up to the dining table they are really uncomfortable. It's the seat pitch at the back that just doesn't work at a dining table. We spent a fortune on them and now we are looking to get something else. We have never had a guest who found the chairs comfy enough to linger in - and that spans a wide range of heights and body types. So I can only imagine that the LCM would be even worse at a dining table...

8 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commentermandy

I have the dining version and it's perfect with my Saarinen tulip white table. My mom always puts a pillow when she comes over, though... The lounge version is probably too low. But you scored big, I'm sure the chairs would look amazing anywhere else in your home!

8 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoft211

Beautiful work. Never tried them but I would love to.

I have the dining chair version and they are so comfortable! They just fit the body perfectly and are wonderfully comfortable for long lazy dinners. Go for it!

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