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Iconic Eames Black Leather Lounge Chair by Vitra, C.1980

$7,754.14

About

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are furnishings made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. They are officially titled Eames Lounge and Ottoman and were released in 1956 after years of development by designers. It was the first chair that the Eameses designed for a high-end market. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Condition In Good Condition - numerous areas of the outside veneer has chipped away over the years and the armrests have been reinforced at a later stage with crews visible from the underside of the armrest (please refer to photographs). Structurally very sound, leather has some wear and tear, adding charm to this timeless original chair over half a century old. Herman Miller label present to footstool, not to chair. Measures: Chair Height: 82cm Width: 83cm Depth: 83cm Seat height: 38cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Vitra (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.29 in. (82 cm)Width: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Depth: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Seat Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1980
  • Condition
    Rewired: Numerous areas of the outside veneer has chipped away over the years and the armrests have been reinforced at a later stage with crews visible from the underside of the armrest (please refer to photographs). Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Good Condition - Structurally very sound, leather has some wear and tear, adding charm to this timeless original chair over half a century old. Herman Miller label present to footstool, not to chair.
  • Seller Location
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B72681stDibs: LU1348225261342

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About the Design

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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 fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. The Eames lounge chair, 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, prioritized 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 molding 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 emphasized the chair’s versatility — an effort that, given the seat’s current ubiquitousness, was clearly successful.
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