Mid Century Design Icon - Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Mid Century Design Icons - Charles and Ray Eames

 

Own a True Icon of Modern Design

Like all classics, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman gets better with age, in part because of how they are made. From the innovative hardware that fastens the cushions to the shell without marring the appearance of the wood to the fact that each piece continues to be assembled by hand, the combination of craft and manufacturing consistency results in pieces that are genuinely authentic.

Designed by design icons Charles and Ray Eames, when the Eames chair and ottoman was introduced in 1956, there was nothing else like it. The design was completely new. It has endured for more than 50 years to become one of the significant furniture designs of the 20th century

It has been the subject of documentary films and books. It even has its own fan website. Calling it a classic is an understatement. It’s the quintessential example of midcentury design—elegant and profoundly comfortable too.

 

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames

 

Designed for living

When Charles and Ray Eames were developing the concept for the chair, Charles explained that he and Ray wanted it to have the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”. As Charles and Ray’s home provided the backdrop for the couple’s gracious hosting of a famously eclectic group of friends and associates, providing “a special refuge from the strains of modern living”, so too the Lounge Chair and Ottoman were conceived to provide welcoming comfort to the body.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman made their debut on American national television in 1956. Charles and Ray Eames appeared on the NBC show Home hosted by Arlene Francis. Stardom ensued for both design and designers. Yet, as popular as the Lounge Chair and Ottoman have become, they remain grounded in the handcrafted details that continue to distinguish this classic, authentic design.

A universally recognised form

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman have their origin in Charles and Ray’s investigations into moulding plywood and a desire to improve upon a familiar fixture in many living rooms: the lounge chair. Citing the English club chair as inspiration, Charles said he sought to design a modern version of that chair, one that had “the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”. Almost immediately, the design became an icon of American design. Today, these pieces not only live in museums, but continue to offer comfort and style to interiors everywhere. A universally recognised form, the set is available in a variety of veneers, multiple upholstery options – including a choice of leathers or Mohair – and two sizes. Whatever selection you make, you can be assured of the quality and authenticity of this design.

Unparalleled craftsmanship

Both the chair and ottoman are hand-assembled with great attention paid to the details. Shells are 7-ply veneers. Cushions are individually upholstered and replaceable. The back braces and bases – of both the chair and ottoman – are die-cast aluminium. The chair base has a built-in swivel mechanism. Shock mounts are resilient natural rubber. Stainless steel glides are adjustable.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames

Embraced by the critics

Part of the permanent collections at New York’s MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman have been the subject of documentary films and books, and were the sole subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. They have also featured prominently in film and television as part of stylish interior settings. Although the word “icon” is overused, it’s exactly the right word to describe the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames

Expansive options

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has become so recognisable that its configuration is a registered trademark. That form and the materials used to create it are an integral part of the experience the set delivers. Today, the chair and ottoman are available in two sizes (Classic and Tall), a variety of veneers and a choice of leather upholstery options or Mohair Supreme, a plush, 100 per cent Mohair textile. The same high level of quality and workmanship is guaranteed, regardless of the selection you make.

 

Luxurious comfort and support

The comfort and support built into the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman help explain their enduring popularity. These qualities are created through a dynamic blend of hand-craftsmanship and mass production techniques.

The cushions will not flatten or clump over time. As Charles Eames described them, “The leather cushions do have built-in wrinkles to start with, but that is a clue that spells comfort to come, like the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Each hide used for the cushions has its own natural characteristics, and each will age to reveal its own unique personality.

The seat is permanently tilted to take the weight off your lower spine and distribute it properly across the backrest. The lower cushion piece supports your lower back, so you feel relaxed. The angle supports your chest so that you can be comfortable as you read, watch a film or have a conversation.

The Ottoman also has inherent health benefits. Most of us sit or stand all day, so blood tends to collect in the lower extremities. Resting your feet on the Ottoman helps restore normal blood circulation.

 

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