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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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Long before it was the pièce de résistance in a collector’s office or an upscale bachelor pad — landing in ample design magazines, on television and in well-appointed offices over the years — the Eames lounge chair was a fresh, subversive new take on a classic club chair and a culmination of experimentation by its inventive creators.

Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) met while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the prestigious Michigan institution that drew such illustrious design minds as Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen and more. After graduation, they formed the Eames Office, where they spent much time exploring and formulating new techniques in bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. The Eames lounger, on the other hand — with its signature wood-grain back and sumptuous (usually black) leather seat — was different.

While the couple’s DCW chairs, introduced in the 1940s, prioritized ease of production and affordability of materials, the lounge, which debuted in 1956, was Charles and Ray’s interpretation of luxury furniture. And to the Eameses, luxury meant, above all, comfort. The couple famously called the lounge chair and ottoman “a special refuge from the strains of modern living” and described their design as having the “warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

Although the seat makes use of the same bentwood technique the Eameses pioneered using their famous “Kazam! Machine” (a handmade apparatus for molding plywood) for their DCW chairs, it tops off this frame with supple leather over a plump, upholstered shape.

Ever fascinated by ergonomics, the Eameses carefully calibrated the pitch of the seat. It has enough flexibility for comfort but not so much that stability is sacrificed. This precise shape comes by way of three connected plywood pieces, which, on early models were covered in five layers of Brazilian rosewood; owing to an early 1990s-era embargo on the material, however, the Brazilian rosewood has since been replaced with either ash, walnut or palisander. The accompanying ottoman is the icing on the comfort cake, inviting the sitter to quite literally kick back and relax.

Today, imitations of the Eames lounge chair and ottoman abound. The seat is currently manufactured by both Herman Miller and Vitra, and when it was launched initially by the former, the supporting marketing blitz emphasized the chair’s versatility — an effort that, given the seat’s current ubiquitousness, was clearly successful.

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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Herman Miller, circa 1950
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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Located in Buffalo, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Located in Munich, Bavaria
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Located in Arezzo, Italy
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By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brussels, BE
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Located in Berlin, Berlin
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Located in MIlano, IT
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By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in GB
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2nd Generation Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Rosewood, Circa 1960's
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
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Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Herman Miller, United States, 1957
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Antwerp, BE
Eames lounge chair with ottoman, designed by the iconic duo Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This timeless icon has been carefully restored to its first-generation glory, born March 5, 1957, in the United States. It features the signature 5-ply plywood construction, down-filled cushions, and coveted Rio walnut veneer sourced from the highly sought-after Dalbergia nigra in Brazil, renowned as the most valuable wood in the world. This particular chair was directly acquired in Saint-Louis, Missouri, USA. The restoration process of the veneer included stripping, bleaching, washing, scraping, sanding, and multi-layered oiling. A tension test was conducted on the shock mounts, which proved to be very stable. The rubber components of the vertical supports were replaced. All leather parts were washed, recolored, and nourished. The down filling was fluffed, tufting was reattached, and 2 back panels with zippers were replaced. All hardware underwent electrolytic cleaning and steaming, and the threads of the hardware were purified. All exposed aluminum parts were manually polished, and the bush in sintered bronze was replaced. The result is a breathtaking revival of the Eames lounge chair, with every detail lovingly restored to its original splendor. The Eames lounge chair made its debut on March 14, 1956, on the renowned NBC program 'Home,' hosted by Arlene Francis. Notably, it was the first piece of furniture ever launched on national television and remains the only one to have stayed in continuous production to this day. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, along with their close friend, the renowned film director Billy Wilder, the chair was envisioned with Wilder in mind. Interestingly, upon its initial presentation to Wilder, he simply fell asleep in the chair. Charles Eames consistently described his vision for the chair as wanting to impart the receptive appearance of a well-used baseball...
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Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Rosewood Chair and Ottoman
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
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By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer extremely rare and important pair of fully restored, original, Herman Miller No1 & Herman Miller Hillie circa 1958-1960 black leather and Rosewood lounge armchairs and ottomans These are pretty much the most iconic and well known armchair and ottoman ever made, exhibited countless times, displayed in the V&A, Metropolitan Museum of Art, winners of countless awards these are the simply put the finest suite around They have been on a journey, I’ve had all pieces stripped to the bare shells, the frames have been washed back and traditionally French polished, the leather all restored and hand dyed the original nero black, they are the finest example pair anywhere in the world today One suite has the black Herman Miller No1 label, the other, the earlier redish Herman Miller Hillie label Condition wise, the restoration has been done in such a way to keep all the original charm and patina but make them gallery ready, they will have age and use related patina marks here and there but mostly they are in very fine order Dimensions armchairs Height:- 80.5cm Width:- 85cm Depth:- 86.5cm Seat height:- 41cm Dimensions ottomans Height:- 42cm Width:- 65.5cm Depth:- 53.5cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, MUST READ! The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are furnishings made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. They are officially titled Eames Lounge ( 670 ) and Ottoman ( 671 ) and were released in 1956 after years of development by designers. It was the first chair that the Eameses designed for a high-end market. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Design Charles and Ray Eames sought to develop furniture that could be mass-produced and affordable, with the exception of the Eames Lounge Chair. This luxury item was inspired by the traditional English club chair. The Eames Lounge Chair is an icon of 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". Charles's vision was for a chair with "the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells covered with veneer: the headrest, the backrest and the seat. The layers are glued together and shaped under heat and pressure. The shells and the seat cushions are essentially of the same shape, and 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. The products have changed in various ways over time. Beginning in 1956 and running through the very early 1990s, the shells were made up of five thin layers of plywood which were covered by a veneer of Brazilian rosewood. The use of Brazilian rosewood was discontinued in the early 1990s, and current production since then consists of seven layers of plywood covered by finishing veneers of cherry, walnut, palisander rosewood (a sustainably grown wood with similar grain patterns to the original Brazilian versions), and other finishes. Small changes include the sets of spacers between the aluminum spines and the wood panels, originally of rubber, later hard plastic washers, and the number of screws securing the armrests, originally three, changed to two in second-series models, while the "domes of silence" (glides/feet) on the chair base originally had thinner screws attaching them to the aluminum base than those on later chairs, and the zipper around the cushions, either brown or black on early models, was later black only. Further, early ottomans had removable rubber slide-on feet with metal glides, and early labels are of oblong foil. History The Eames Lounge Chair first...
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Vintage Charles Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller 1964
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Aachen, NW
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