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The Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair has become one of the most important classics of furniture design in the 20th century

The Design

A furniture classic furniture, and a central component of the Vitra Eames Collection, is the luxurious Eames Lounge Chair. Realised in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair offers optimum comfort and dispenses with the chunkiness of its predecessors in the field of English club chairs. Instead, the Lounge Chair is made of lightweight molded plywood elements, metal clamps and voluminous leather upholstery contrast on the rotatable five-star base with lightness, elegance and a modernity that has not lost its topicality even today. The Eames Lounge Chair is complemented by an Ottoman with the same design, which makes the feel-good experience perfect. The 1950s classic has been updated by two new editions - the Lounge Chair & Ottoman Black Version and the Lounge Chair & Ottoman White Version.

The Production

Finishing of the Lounge Chairs at the Vitra Atelier


The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is exclusively produced by Vitra and for almost 50 years that production process has involved the same 47 steps. What has changed over the decades is the size of the average human. Having decided to purchase a Vitra Eames Lounge Chair, you have the possibility to follow the final production steps of your new purchase. In addition in the Lounge Chair Atelier on Vitra Campus in Rhein am Weil in Germany, you will receive exclusive advice and support and even have the option to choose the wooden shell for your personal lounge chair. The final piece is the graced by a special production label and a certificate of authentication.


10 things you probably didn't (yet) know about the Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair turned 60 year in 2016, but remains true to its original purpose of making the classic lounge chair lighter and more contemporary. But then you knew that. Here as 10 things that you probably didn't know about the true classic among the lounge chairs...

1. The first calligraphic impression of the Eames Lounge Chair comes from the artist Corita Kent, a friend of Charles and Ray Eames. It shows the Lounge Chair and later design classics disassembled into its individual parts.

2. Since its creation in 1956, the original design of the Eames Lounge Chair has not changed. Therefore owners of older models can still order replacement parts - should they be required.

3. The Eames Lounge Chair is part of the permanent collection of over 20 outstanding museums in the United States and Europe.

4. The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman was the first and only chair that presenter Arlene Francis explicitly presented to her national audience in the 1950s U. S. series Home Show. This was unique for the time and made the popular chair even more popular.

5. The Eames originally designed the characteristic five-star base of their Lounge Chair & Ottoman as a base for a side table.

6. Director and screenwriter Billy Wilder, a good friend of Charles & Ray Eames, received the second Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman produced. This was thanks for a modernist chair that the couple had received from Wilder years before and greatly appreciated. Jokingly Charles is said to have wished he had designed the chair himself.

7. The upholstery for the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman are absolutely symmetrical and can also be flexibly exchanged with each other, as they are all exactly the same size.

8. In 1961 an article was published in the magazine Playboy, which introduced several contemporary designers. In the case of the Eames Lounge Chair, the author spoke of a chair that allowed the sitter to sink into such voluptuous luxury as only a very few mortals were allowed to enjoy in ancient Rome since Nero's time.

9. Charles Eames invited film producer Julian Blaustein to come to his studio and read scripts in peace while sitting in a trial version of the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman. When Charles returned, his friend had fallen asleep. Blaustein may have been embarrassed, but Charles found this to be a confirmation of his design.

10. Although the Eames Lounge Chair, as we know it today, did not come into being until 1956, Charles Eames and his friend Eero Saarinen submitted a prototype of the chair to the Museum of Modern Art in New York'S 1940 Future Ideas contest


Living with the Eames Lounge Chair