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Lounge Chair & Ottoman - White Version

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1956 — 7.730,00 €
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The Lounge Chair & Ottoman White are reissues of the classic Vitra Eames Lounge Chairs, re-designed in 2002 by Hella Jongerius. Designed by the Eames' in reference to the classic English club chair, the Vitra Lounge Chair uniquely combines comfort, luxury, timelessness and style. Hella Jongerius updated the original design with white leather covers and a white pigmented walnut shell.

Details

Product type Lounge chair with ottoman
Abmessungen

Lounge Chair
(1) Height: 84 / 89 cm
(2) Width: 85 - 91 cm
(3) Seat height: 38 cm
(4) Depth: 84 cm

Ottoman
(5) Depth: 56 cm
(6) Width: 63 cm
(7) Height: 42 cm
Material Seat and backrest: walnut plywood
Covers: Premium leather
Foot: Die-cast aluminium, polished
Variants Lounge Chair available in 2 sizes
Manufacturing
Functions & Properties Removable upholstery
Swivels
Included in delivery One Lounge Chair and one Ottoman
Care For cleaning the wood surfaces the use of a damp, soft cloth and a mild detergent is recommended
All leather surfaces are to be cleaned according to the directions in the accompanying leaflet.
Awards & Museums MoMA, New York
Warranty 24 months
Product family Eames Lounge Chairs
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,4 MB).

Popular versions

Lounge Chair & Ottoman - White Version, 89 cm
Lounge Chair & Ottoman - White Version, 84 cm - Original height 1956

FAQ

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Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8 am to 6 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

Can the Lounge Chair and Ottoman also be purchased separately?

Yes, both are offered individually in our shop. Please note however that as wood is a natural product the structure of wood and wood colour can vary between production runs. Thus if you do not buy a Lounge Chair and Ottoman together there is no guarantee that the woods will match exactly.

Why are the Lounge Chair and Ottoman available in two sizes?

The classic Lounge Chair and Ottoman dimensions correspond to the original designs of 1956. However because the average body size has increased since the 1950s Vitra, in close cooperation with the Eames Office, have adapted the dimensions of the lounge chair to meet today's needs.

Is there a difference between the Lounge Chairs as produced by Herman Miller and Vitra?

Vitra has the distribution rights for Eames furniture in Europe and the Middle East. Herman Miller produce the lounge chair outside this area. Although essentially identical the base of the Vitra Lounge Chair is marginally more streamlined than the American version by Herman Miller.

Design Story

Billy Wilder in an Eames Lounge Chair for the Vitra Personalities promotion

Designer

Charles and Ray Eames met in 1940 when the architects Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen were preparing heir entry for the "Organic Furniture Competition" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ray Bernice Kaiser had just finished her painting studies and was undertaking a four-month design study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art when she was assigned to assisted Eames and Saarinen. A year later Charles and Ray married and subsequently worked together in their studio in LA on film, textile, graphic design and building projects: and of course their famous furniture designs.
Much of the work of the Eames demonstrates a very unique form language, a form language characterised by the different academic backgrounds of the two. The mix of Charles' technical-constructive understanding and Rays design competence proving to be an extremely productive dynamic, and one possessed by only very few design studio then or since. A characteristic feature of Charles and Ray Eames' work is the juxtaposition of homely, sometimes playful yet elegantly clear, elements. A particularly good example of the Eames' understanding of design principles can be found in their home in Pacific Palisades, the so-called Eames House. Here a very clear, structured architecture is combined with a warm colour scheme and open spaces to create a living collage of old and new, craft and industrial products, technology and art. Charles Eames died on August 21, 1978, Ray Eames exactly 10 years later on August 21, 1988

The Design

As in the early 1950s Charles and Ray Eames began designing their lounge chair, they had before them a vision of the classic English club armchair: their version combining the best features in a modern design. The design of the Eames lounge chair is characterized by a successful combination of comfort, luxury, timelessness and style. Allegedly the director Billy Wilder was responsible for stimulating the original concept: looking as he was for a chair that was both comfortable and modern. How crucial this impulse was, or indeed how true it is, cannot be confirmed with any great certainty. Wilder was however one of the models who posed in the 1980s for the Vitra promotional campaign "Personalities": posing naturally in a lounge chair with ottoman.
In 2002 Hella Jongerius developed for the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair furniture a new colour concept, a concept which included the Eames chairs in white leather and white pigmented walnut shell. Apart from the fresh colour scheme Jongerius changed nothing. All versions of the lounge chair made ??of bent plywood panels on to which are mounted leather upholstery: these upholstered segments are subsequently connected to each other via relatively flexible strap and so-called shock mounts. Charles and Ray Eames design is thus reduced to an essence. No part is too much, none too big, everything is in its place and fulfils its function in the best way. Three years after its original launch the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman was admitted to the permanent collection of MoMA New York.

Ray and Charles Eames with some of their furniture designs

Production

 

Historical Context

The license for the production of the Eames Lounge Chair in Europe is held by Vitra. The company, based in Birsfelden, Switzerland acquired the rights to all Eames designs in 1957; and since the Lounge Chair & Ottoman have, more or less, been produced in the same manner. In 47, mostly manual, steps, the plywood shells of the seat, backrest, headrest and armrests are upholstered and connected to each other through combinations of aluminium brackets, screws, hooks, eyes, spacers and shock mounts. The whole construction is then placed on a rotatable five-point, polished die-cast aluminium, foot. The matching ottoman consists of a single layer wood shell with leather upholstery and sits on a non-rotatable four-point foot. The walnut veneer for the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair White comes, as with the all Vitra Lounge Chair leather, from sustainably managed forests. 24% of the Lounge Chair is produced from recycled content, 29% of the materials can be recycled again. The manufacture process can be enjoyed in its full(ish) glory in the Vitra Lounge Chair Atelier on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Baden-Württemberg.

Production of the Eames Lounge Chair

Following the privations of the war years, the economy slowly recovered and by the 1950s, especially in the USA, the recovery was in full swing. Consumption had become for broad sectors of the population and central element, and the home became increasingly an important, much loved, retreat from the new world of commerce. Aesthetically these developments were mirrored by the serial mass production of organic, homely designs, largely awash with colour. Against this background Charles and Ray Eames developed their contemporary version of the classic club chair: an object which with its elegant moulded plywood shell and leather upholstery offers acomfortable and modern retreat.

Manufacturer

The manufacturer of Eames furniture in Europe is the company Vitra. In 1953 CEO Willi Fehlbaum with his wife Erika were on a taxi ride through New York when they saw an Eames chair in a shop window, and were so excited by what they saw that they decided to produce the designs for Europe. In 1957 Vitra acquired the necessary licenses from the Herman Miller Furniture Company, not just for Charles and Ray Eames but also for furniture by George Nelson, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. In addition to the entire Eames furniture designs and works by their contemporaries, Vitra also offer contemporary designs by designers and architects including Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio or Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. In addition Vitra has created the so-called Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein as a unique location for contemporary architecture. Aside from the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry, and the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron Vitra Campus features works by some of the most interesting and exciting contemporary architects

The Vitra factory in Weil am Rhein, Germany

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