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Eames for Herman Miller Original Leather Rosewood Chairs and Ottoman

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$19,600Asking Priceper set

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Charles and Ray Eames, lounge chairs and ottoman, leather and rosewood, United States, 1956 design, 1960s production. This iconic set by Charles and Ray Eames has been came into existence over the course of 13 years. This chair is their modernist take on the English club chair and has been the result of a painstakingly detailled design process. The chair is built up with five plies molded in a gentle curve. The comfortable seat is upholstered with thick, high quality original leather. The shells for the lower back flow over into curves that function as armrests. The rosewood veneer that is used is cut from the same piece of timber such that the exact same pattern shows in the back. It is not that the techniques in the chair were groundbreaking or new, it is just that the combination of already existing techniques make this chair into one of the most populair midcentury designs ever produced. The five-pronged base has been designed as such to look good from any angle. Literature: - Neuhart, Marilyn and John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture. The Herman Miller Age Book 2. Berlin: Gestalten, 2010. p. 646.

Details

  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.3 in. (79.5 cm)Width: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Depth: 34.65 in. (88 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. These chairs are in excellent (aged) condition with admirable patina on the cognac leather. Marked Herman Miller.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU93319316121

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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.
About the Seller
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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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