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March 30, 2010
I figured I would hit you with one more chair…one of the most iconic chairs ever, the Eames Lounge Chair. Released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company, it was the first chair the Eames designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of molded plywood and leather. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York Museum of Modern Art.
Since its introduction, the chair has been in continuous production by Herman Miller in America. Later, Vitra began producing the chair for the European market. Immediately following its release other furniture companies began to copy the chairs design. Some copies were direct knockoffs, while others were merely influenced by the design. Most notably Plycraft Company, now defunct, issued dozens of chairs that directly mimicked or were in-the-style-of the Eames 670.
More recently the Chinese market, as well as other European companies, have begun making direct copy knockoffs. However, Herman Miller and Vitra remain the only two companies to produce these chairs with the Eames name attached. The Eames Lounge Chair appeals to people for several reasons. It is a classic design that has been in production continuously since its creation. In addition to the style, it is also very comfortable, a combination not always found in high design. And yes… it has become a status symbol, desirable purely for reasons of conspicuous consumption, the chair with Ottoman retail for around $3,200 or more in the US.
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EAMES LOUNGE & OTTOMAN
EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR (670) & OTTOMAN (671)
Licensed Reproduction, circa 1956
Made by Herman Miller® in US
Made by Vitra® in Europe
33″ w | 33.5″ d | 33″ h (Classic)
33″ w | 33.5″ d | 35″ h (New Vitra)
The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman, officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), were released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. It was the first chair the Eameses designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of moulded plywood and leather. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. Charles and Ray Eames originally made the lounge chair and ottoman as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd.” The design was launched by Arlene Francis, host of NBCs “Home” show, on that show she introduced Charles and Ray to television audiences in 1956, along with their iconic design Lounge Chair and Ottoman. The recorded launch is in the video below.
EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR DESIGN
The Eameses focused first on usability in their designs. In addition to the style, the Eames Lounge Chair is very comfortable, a combination not always found in high design. The chair has become iconic with Modern style design although when it was first made Ray Eames remarked in a letter to Charles that the chair looked “comfortable and un-designy”. Charless vision was for a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first basemans mitt.” The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells. In modern production the shells are made up of seven thin layers of wood veneer glued together and shaped under heat and pressure.
This differentiates the newer chairs from the “original” (vintage) chairs which used Brazilian rosewood veneers and were constructed of five layers of plywood. Also differentiating the very earliest sets from newer sets were rubber spacers between the aluminium spines and the wood panels first used in the earliest production models and then hard plastic washers used in later versions. In the earlier sets, the zipper around the cushions may have been brown or black as well, and in newer sets the zippers are black. The shells and the seat cushions are essentially the same shape: composed of two curved forms interlocking to form a solid mass. The chair back and headrest are identical in proportion, as are the seat and the Ottoman.
A Yamaha inspired by the Eames Lounge Chair
Custom bike builders often find inspiration from unlikely places. And furniture designers seem to have a particular affinity for motorcycles—Stefano Venier being the most high profile.
But this elegant Yamaha is the first build we have seen that is directly inspired by an iconic furniture design. It is from Pista Design of California, and takes its cues from the 1956 Eames Lounge Chair.
Looking for that perfect gift?
It is that time of year again when the present buying conundrums begin and the panic sets in! I know its only November, but do not get complacent. We have all been there when it comes to buying Christmas presents. Here is some advice… DO NOT leave it till Christmas Eve! I think we know full well this is not the answer and can be stressful to say the least. Every year we tell ourselves to buy in advance but how often does this actually happen? Be honest!
Whether you are buying for your Wife, Girlfriend, Mum, Sister or Friend it is really not as hard as we think or make it. Some of us are very good at this process, however, others tend to over complicate (including myself!) First of all, take a little bit of time to think about what type of person your friend or partner is and what she enjoys. What do they like to talk about, purchase often, view online… This is a great starting point and should help you towards building the foundations of that smile your aiming for on Christmas day.
Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
When it comes to premium furniture, one of the most recognizable design items is the Eames Lounge Chair and it is Ottoman. This iconic masterpiece created by the most famous designer couple Charles & Ray Eames was first produced in 1956.
Since then it never went out of fashion. It has become one of the elements of home furnishing that is like a classic Chanel bag – always IN and looks great with almost anything. Eames Lounge Chair is very classy and elegant, most definitely is a “symbol of status”.
This functional chair is a combination of highest quality materials and the perfected attention to detail. It gives a touch of solidity to a home office. It shows the maturity of a bachelor who has it in his studio apartment in the city center and finally it gives the accent of sophistication to any living room. One more thing that makes Eames Lounge Chair really famous is its comfort. It is a “must have” when seeking an item for a home library or a music corner. The tenderness of the leather covered cushions fused with the smoothly bent, yet solid wood carcass make reading a book or listening to music in this chair gives a complete different experience.