Eames lounge chair and ottoman in black leather
After the 1956 design by Charles and Ray Eames
Why Buy the Eames Lounge Chair?
Developed by Charles and Ray Eames, a team of married industrial designers, the Eames lounge chair maintains its reputation as an icon of American design. Inspired by the 19th-century English club chair, this chair is steeped in Modernism. While 21st-century eyes can’t fail to notice its sleek design qualities, when it went into production in 1956 Ray Eames remarked in a letter to Charles that the chair looked “comfortable and un-designy”. Surely this met his vision for a chair as cosy as a well-worn baseball glove.
Reflecting mid-century modern design’s interest in curves and new materials, the Eames chair uses plywood shells. Heat and pressure bends the glued-together layers of plywood. Covered in a veneer the shells ‘cup’ the headrest, backrest and seat. Originally veneered with Brazilian rosewood, chairs now use cherry and walnut veneers. In continuous production by Herman Miller since its launch in 1956, the Eames chair is a ‘must’ for lovers of modern design.
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