Early Production Model 670/671 Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Charles & Ray Eames For Sale
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Early Production Model 670/671 Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Charles & Ray Eames

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Attention designers and architects! This is an amazing option for your most demanding client - an early production example with original black medallion label signifying it is a 1st or 2nd generation Eames lounge and ottoman for Herman Miller. However what makes this unique for those 'special clients', the ones who want the collectability of an early original, but also want the benefits of new upholstery, is that this was recently restored with new high-quality leather and inner cushions. You will generally find early production examples with seat and back cushions that are flattened and unattractive. In addition, the down and foam inserts retain an odor (and maybe other things too!) that has developed over 50 to 60 years of continuous use. While this is appealing to some, there are those who find it to be disgusting and prefer not to smell what others have sat on for decades, and therefore prefer to have the cushions replaced and new leather added. So, voila - here it is - the perfect option for those demanding clients - this set of 1960s early production examples are the best of both worlds! Original where it counts and newly restored where it matters. The shells are fabricated from pressed layers of Rosewood and both pieces have enameled aluminum bases. The lounge chair has a built-in swivel mechanism, ideal for the person seated to divert their conversation or focus where appropriate. This highly unique color combination of olive green leather and Rosewood would be a great addition as part of a classic, contemporary or mid-century modern living room, den, man (or woman!) cave, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Chair Measurements: 33" H x 37" W x 33.5" D Seat height 17" Seat depth 21.5" Ottoman: 17.25" H x 26" W x 21.5" D Restored condition. Signs of use commensurate with age are evident.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Restored condition. Signs of use commensurate with age are evident.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 33 in. x W 37 in. x D 33.5 in.H 83.82 cm x W 93.98 cm x D 85.09 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330210395333
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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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