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First introduced in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair; this child of  Charles and Ray Eames has been on the market for over 50 years now!
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The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

Introduction...

First introduced in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair; this child of  Charles and Ray Eames has been on the market for over 50 years now! There are many Modern Classics that have made an impact on the world of modern contemporary furniture. But none as popular, and sought after, than the Eame’s Lounge Chair. With a few select others this lounge chair help  pave the path for the currently popular mid century classics, and will continue to impress the public no matter the century.




1956 Original Introduction to the
Iconic Lounge chair

The Chair The ottoman The History

The long, fascinating history of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman actually begins many years before the chair was ever built, and many years before it was even thought of. Like all great products it was a mixture of inspiration, luck, good design, intelligent oversight, and a particular moment in history. The chair didn't spring from whole cloth, nor was it born fully formed in the minds of its creators, leaping out of their heads like Athena. It was the product of long brainstorming sessions, testing, piloting, prototyping, and a generous love of design for design's sake.

Production...

The molded plywood chair, nowadays most often referred to as simply the Eames Chair, was ground-breaking is several different ways, all of which are applicable to the Eames Lounge Chair. The molded plywood material that was used had never been seen before, and was the product of a brand new process of super-heating the wood and then bending it into impossibly perfect and smooth curves. This had never been done before, and while the first molded plywood chairs were quite simple (and are today mostly seen in children's classrooms), they were nevertheless quite bold and unique. The undulating seat and the curved back both contributed to the paradox the Eameses strove for with nearly all of their furniture; the balance between modern processes and natural forms and inspiration. The molded plywood chair was one of the fathers of the Eames Lounge Chair, without a doubt, and the materials (molded plywood), prestige, and inspiration were very similar, though the final looks were not.

Size, dimension, and use.

The Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. It was designed to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology that was pioneered in the '40s. The vision was a chair with the "warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." The result has become the consummate lounge set, timelessly blending old-fashioned comfort and visionary modernism. Pairing soft, inviting leather with the sleek form of molded plywood, the seat is balanced on a five-star, die-cast steel base.

 
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