Eames Lounge Chair and OttomanThe Eames lounge chair and ottoman is the culmination of Charles and Ray Eames' efforts to create comfortable and handsome lounge seating by using production techniques that combine technology and handcraftsmanship. Its heritage goes back to the molded plywood chairs pioneered by the Eameses in the 1940s, and it's part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Charles Eames said his goal for the chair was the "warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." Every one is a special refuge from the strains of modern living.
The first lounge chair and ottoman, produced in 1956, made its public debut on Arlene Francis' Home show, which later became the Today show.
Charles Eames appeared on the Today Show with the lounge chair
the week it was introduced. Stardom ensued. Yet, as popular as
it’s become, the lounge chair remains grounded in the details that
continue to distinguish it.
Seven-ply cherry or walnut veneer shells with leather upholstery.
Six-inch-thick urethane foam cushions.
Swivel mechanism built into the base.
Die-cast aluminum back braces, base, and ottoman base painted
black with bright polished aluminum trim.
Natural rubber shock mounts.
Adjustable stainless steel glides.
Year of design: 1956
In production also by Vitra, Switzerland