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Billy Wilder Chaise Lounge by Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller

$5,760
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A handsome and well cared for example of the Billy Wilder chaise lounge by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller. In soft and supple high-quality black leather on a dark color base. This example produced in late 1980s and in very good vintage condition with soft patina. Comes with both bolster pillows that can be used for the head, under the legs, back or feet of the napper, which is great since often vintage examples are missing these. While Wilder was filming on location he would take short naps on a plank held up by sawhorses and approached his friends the Eameses to design a narrow office couch. In 1968 the Eames chaise was introduced, giving the first one to Wilder. This slender bench features six foam cushions upholstered in the original high-quality black leather with fabric sling which sits atop a sculptural frame and base. The chaise daybed comes with two loose lumbar pillows to support your head, back, neck, or legs. The chaise longue features a gently sloping frame which supports the body in a relaxed, restful position, with the head and legs slightly raised. MEASUREMENTS: 29.5" H x 76" W x 17.5" D CONDITION: Very good vintage condition. Some signs of light patina and wear on the leather and some light marks to frame. Ready to be used immediately.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Ray Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)Width: 76 in. (193.04 cm)Depth: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition. Some signs of light patina and wear on the leather and some light marks to frame. Ready to be used immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330224252982

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About the Designer

Charles and Ray Eames

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 Eames 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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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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