Art: Sympathetic Seat

The molded plywood chair that California's Charles Eames helped to design ten years ago is a sort of model T in modern furniture. Some 60,000 of the spindly, plain but surprisingly comfortable chairs have been sold, and today they can be found under the rumps of connoisseurs across the nation. Last week Designer Eames had tooled up a brand-new $175,000 factory, was turning out the first 3,000 models of his 1950 line.

Composed of a single plastic and Fiberglas shell mounted on legs, the new chair is more roomy, stable and luxurious, but just...

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