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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 fibreglass 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, prioritised 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 moulding 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 is 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 emphasised the chair’s versatility — an effort that, given the seat’s current ubiquitousness, was clearly successful.

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Eames 670 Lounge Chair 671 Ottoman Blue Leather Walnut Rosewood Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Fascinating vintage Eames 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman in bright blue leather for Herman Miller. The seat frame is comprised of walnut, aluminium 5 prong base with black painted ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminium, Steel

Vintage Eames 670/671 Lounge Chair by Vitra in Rosewood and Brown Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Vitra edition of the Eames 670/671 lounge chair and ottoman in rosewood with brown leather. Signed Herman Miller/Vitra on both chair and ottoman.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium, Steel

Vintage 1960's Herman Miller Eames Lounge and Ottoman 670 & 671
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chalk Hill, PA
Vintage 1960's Herman Miller Eames Lounge and Ottoman 670 & 671. A very nice, all original example. The wood is in great condition with no crisps or notable issues. The leather has m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Charles Eames 671 Lounge Chair Ottoman,, Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Charles & Ray Eames black leather and wood ottoman for lounge chair, Herman Miller, circa 1970s Manufacturer label underneath. Black base with white glides. Cushion filled with feat...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Pouffes

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Leather, Bentwood

1960s Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful edition of the classic Eames Lounge Chair (model 670) and Ottoman (model 671). Executed in Brazilian rosewood and black leather. Cushions of down fill. No missing buttons o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminium

Charles Eames, Lounge Chair in black leather by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Argelato, BO
Eames Lounge is probably one of the most famous armchair designs in the world. The design couple Charles and Ray Eames designed it in 1956 for Herman Miller. It was the first chair ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Walnut

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman 670/671 Third Gen Rosewood Restored Black Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
3rd Gen Eames lounge chair with ottoman fully restored. Shockmount and shell was previously restored and repaird by Hume Modern, restored original Black Leather and newly lacquered s...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather, Plywood

Restored 1960''s Herman Miller No1 Hardwood Eames Lounge Armchair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale extremely rare and important lightly restored, original, Herman Miller No1 1960''s black leather and Rosewood lounge armchair and ottoman This i...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Handsome Early Rosewood Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome second-generation Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair with ottoman by Herman Miller. Early 1960s production. The rosewood has a beautiful wood grain and rich colour with some...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

Vintage Eames Rosewood / Leather 670 Lounge Chair w/ Ottoman for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted iconic Eames 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman in a deep dark beautiful Brazilian rosewood , topped in a smooth soft black leather . The chair sits on a cast alumi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

Very First Generation 1956 Eames Lounge Chair 670 and Spinning Ottoman 671
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
This extremely rare collectible is one of the earliest known productions of the 1956 Eames lounge chair with ottoman, non-stamped frame, and the holy grail spinning ottoman. In cl...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

American Black Leather Wooden Lounge Chair 670 671 by Eames for Miller, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in MIlano, IT
American black leather and wooden lounge chair 670 and 671 by Eames for Miller, 1970s Set of armchair and ottoman model 670 and 671 with wood and metal structure. The armchair has a ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Iconic Herman Miller Eames Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Model 670 & 671
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
Authentic and iconic Herman Miller / Eames rosewood and black leather lounge chair and ottoman (model''s 670 & 671), circa 1978. The set are lightly worn and in amazing original vint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Early Rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Herman Miller in Black Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This early (down-filled cushion) Eames chair is available new today in many wood finished. However rosewood is no longer offered on new chairs produced by Herman Miller. The luxury e...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Vitra 671 Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman Design Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Hutten, RP
Vitra 671 Eames Lounge chair & ottoman design Charles and Ray Eames. The chair and ottoman are upholstered in white leather which beautifully contrasts the rosewood verneer. The w...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Lounge Chair and Ottoman ''670 & 671'' by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This is a nice early version of this classic chair. It has full feather filled cushions, 3 holes on the arm mounts, and circular clips to hold the cushions on and the earlier Herman ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

Set of two Vitra 671 Lounge Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in CULEMBORG, GE
For sale is a lovely set of two iconic Vitra 671 Lounge Chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. The Eames’ wanted to create a spacious armchair that combines ergonomics — ...
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Herman Miller Eames 670/71 Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Palisander
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful Herman Miller Eames chair and ottoman in a beautifully grained palisander shell. Black leather cushions. The chair has delivery dates of 4/16/202008 and 4/21/2008 on the b...
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Early 2000s American Lounge Chairs

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Palisander, Leather

Eames for Herman Miller Mid-Century Rosewood Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller mid-century rosewood lounge chair with ottoman The chair measures: 33 wide x 40.5 deep x 30 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm height/chair clea...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Rosewood Swivel Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller mid century rosewood swivel chair and ottoman The chair measures: 33.25 wide x 32 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm height/chair clea...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller mid century rosewood lounge chair and ottoman The chair measures: 33 wide x 32 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm height/chair clearan...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

Vintage Rosewood Charles Eames 670 Lounge Chair & 671 Ottoman for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A very clean example of a vintage modern icon. Charles Eames 670 & 671 Lounge chair and an ottoman produced by Herman Miller. Beautiful striations in the Brazilian Rosewood graining....
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Restored Pair of 1960 Herman Miller No1 Hardwood Eames Lounge Armchairs Ottomans
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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 ar...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Nicely Grained Eames for Herman Miller Rosewood 670 671 Lounge Chair w/ Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
I have owned and examined quite a few 670 671 Eames lounge chairs with ottomans. This chair set is the nicest I have seen in awhile. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames along with thei...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

Eames Lounge Chair, Original Vitra Model 1st Generation
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Charles Eames lounge chair # 670 (no ottoman) 1st generation released in 1956 Original model bought at "Mobilier International" Blvd Voltaire in Paris Vitra model - different base...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair Cognac Brown and White Shell, Set of 2
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Munich, Bavaria
2 similar Vitra Eames lounge chairs. Original Cognac brown Seminaniline leather. It was lacquered in white from a professional company. Very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

1973 Eames 670 Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman Black Leather Herman Miller by ICF
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in IT
Early production 1970s Eames lounge chair 670 and ottoman 671 black leather and black wood by Herman Miller We have found these pieces which have been produced by Herman Miller an...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Fully Restored 1st Gen 1959 Eames Lounge Chair and Boot Glide Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
Rare and collectible 1959 Eames lounge chair with ottoman includes all the original details: three screw armrests down feather filled cushions shell stamped number 82. New shock moun...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Plywood

Charles & Ray Eames Black Leather and Rosewood Ottoman for Lounge Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Geneva, CH
Charles & Ray Eames black leather and rosewood ottoman for lounge chair, Herman Miller, circa 1970s Manufacturer label underneath. Black base with white glides. Cushion filled with ...
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Vintage 1970s American Ottomans and Pouffes

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Footstool, Vitra 1999
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. Germany, Vitra, 1999. Beautiful original lounge chair with cherrywood shell and subtle black leather upholster...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Charles and Ray Eames 670 Rosewood Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in London, GB
Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are furnishings made of moulded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Early Classic Mid-Century Modern 670/671 Eames Lounge and Ottoman Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic rosewood and black leather lounge chair and ottoman, 670 & 671 designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by Herman Miller, nice early version circa 1964, richly grained ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminium

White Leather Lounge Chair, Charles Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Cool looking vintage lounge chair. Designed by Charles Eames. Made by Herman Miller. White leather. Very good vintage condition. Measures: 81cm H x 83cm W x 83cm D.
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Vintage 1950s North American Lounge Chairs

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