Name a more iconic piece of furniture, I bet you can’t. The Eames lounge chair has been around since 1956 but is still in vogue to this day and it’s production by furniture company Herman Miller hasn’t stopped.
The origin of the Eames Lounge Chair
It was designed by Charles and Ray Eames with the vision of creating a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” This chair breaks the traditional philosophy of the Eames couple who always aimed at making affordable and easy to mass produce furniture. This chair represented luxury and comfort as it was inspired by traditional english club chairs. It is, to this day an icon of 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”.
The design of the Eames Lounge Chair
This was considered a more luxurious piece of furniture especially because of the materials used for its composition. The original Eames lounge chair was made out of veneered Brazilian Rosewood and leather, however the use of Brazilian rosewood was discontinued in the early 1990s and the current production now consists of seven layers of plywood covered by finishing veneers of cherry, walnut, Palisander rosewood and other finishes accompanied by different colors of MCL leather.
You can purchase this chair used and in its original Brazilian rosewood shell or new on hermanmiller.com or vitra.com however this beautiful chair will cost you around 6 000$.