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1960s Rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

$6,500per set

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A vintage 1960s rosewood Eames lounge chair and ottoman by Herman Miller. Chair is labeled with a patent number of 3,1xx,xxx. This chair was purchased directly from Herman Miller in the late 1960s. The clips are round, pre-1971. The cushions are original and have down filling. Four buttons have been replaced by us, two on the ottoman and two on the seat cushion. It is original otherwise. In good vintage condition for a 50+ year old chair and ottoman. There is fading to the rosewood on the chair back and marks and imperfections to the wood. The leather is quite a bit cracked but surprisingly good and comfortable. There is a tag on the inside of the neck cushion pictured which reads 40% grey duck down 60% grey duck feathers. Stephenson & Lawyer, Grand rapids. Please see the detailed photos. Ottoman is 25.5 x 21.5 inches in dimension and 16.5 inches tall. Chair dimensions are given below. They are slightly off from newer ones perhaps from settling a bit, or adjustment over the years. The rosewood on the bottom of the ottoman is quite a bit less faded than the chair. It also has the same pre-1971 round clips so likely purchased together.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 32.75 in. (83.19 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Replacements made: 4 new buttons, two to the ottoman and two to the seat cushion. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. There is some fading to the rosewood on the chair back and marks and imperfections to the wood. The leather is a bit cracked but surprisingly good and comfortable.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Springs, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU835021267202

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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 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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