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The Eames Lounge and Ottoman (1956)


Ok so I will start with something easy. This is one of my favourite pieces of furniture: The Eames Lounge and Ottoman.

What I love about this chair is its mix of comfort with technology and craftsmanship which is best summed up in Charles Eames description of the chair as a “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman s mitt.”

Designed by husband and wife design team; Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Lounge and Ottoman were first released in 1956. They are crafted from seven-ply veneer shells with leather upholstery and the back braces and base are die-cast aluminium painted black.

Charles and Ray appeared on the Arlene Francis “Home” show with the lounge chair the week it was released. Here is a clip from that episode: (Watch right to the end to see a cool short time lapse movie of the chair s construction.)

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The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman, officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), were released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. It was the first chair the Eames designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of molded plywood and leather. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York s Museum of Modern Art.

In addition to the style, the Eames Lounge Chair is very comfortable, a combination not always found in high design. The chair has become iconic with Modern style design although when it was first made Ray Eames remarked in a letter to Charles that the chair looked “comfortable and un-designy”.

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; back cushions are interchangeable. The back braces and bases—of both the chair and ottoman—are die-cast aluminum. The chair base has a built-in swivel mechanism. Shock mounts are resilient natural rubber. Stainless steel glides are adjustable.  The new MCL Leather provides much of the softness and “sink-into-it-iveness” of the original, along with durability and color-fastness. The oiled finishes, while requiring periodic maintenance, produce the rich, lustrous look of the original veneers.

The Eames Lounge Chair upholstered with Missoni fabric!

As you see in the picture above, I was surprised to find out how the CW invests on a lot of high-end furnitures in the set. Seen on the picture above, the chair in which Dan is sitting on is the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, and manufactured by Vitra. Does that print on the chair look familiar? It is a Missoni print!!! Seriously, this is when best meets best! A chair designed by my favorite designer AND upholstered in the most beautiful pattern!!!

Some of the things that I have personally noticed from Serena s penthouse was the wall lamp from my favorite lighting brand, Artemide, kitchen from my favorite kitchen brand, Varenna Poliform, lamp from Kartell, and the renowned Cherner Chairs in her dining room

.In 1937, Charles had become head of the department of experimental design at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan and worked with friend and architect Eero Saarinen (you will hear more about him in future lessons!) investigating plastics and furniture. The original concept for the molded plywood chairs was conceived in 1940 when Charles and Eero entered a line of furniture into an “Organic Furniture Competition” held by the Museum of Modern Art.

They won the competition but production of the initially designed chairs was canceled due to America entering WWII. Charles continued on with plywood experiments and was awarded a contact with the US Air Force for Plywood molded leg splints. It was this same technology that he used to create the LCW in 1946. The chairs were manufactured by the Evans Products Company (Eames wartime employer) company in California and distrubuted by the Herman Miller Furniture Company in Michigan (another BIG name in the the mid centure furniture movement) In 1949 Herman Miller took over production completely and is still the only licenced manufacture of the chair in the US. Vitra (remember them for later) presently manufactures for Europe.

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