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Eames Lounge Chair – The history behind the legend

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman came into live from Charles and Rays investigation into molding plywood. The lounge chair is really an inspirational design of English club chair only it became much better. Charles wanted to design a modern version of English club chair that had the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt. The design was immediately touched the hearts of American furniture loves and eventually spread all over the world. Even though its a mid-century design and only be found in the museums they are also a timeless master piece of modern design home furniture. The iconic Eames lounge chairs comes in a variety of design and upholstery options as well as choice of different leathers and mohair. As the Eames lounge chair and ottoman is a classic it has also got better over the time. Both the chair and the ottoman are hand-assembled, shells are 7-ply veneers. The interchangeable cushions are individually upholstered. The lounge chair has a built in swivel mechanism, the back braces and bases are manufactured in die-cast aluminum.


The idea of the Lounge chair came into light as Charles said he and Ray wanted to have the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt. Eventually the lounge chair and ottoman were conceived to provide welcoming comfort to the body.

Since its launch The Eames lounge chair and ottoman had their first debut in 1956 on the American national television as well as on the NBC show hosted by Arlene Francis.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has been a subject of documentary films and books. The chair is also a permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and New York’s MoMA. Although the word Iconic seems to be glued with this lounge chair and ottoman it is actually properly used. This chair has been a prominent feature in television, film as well as celebrity photo shoots.


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