|Dimensions||Depth: 56 cm
Width: 63 cm
Height: 42 cm
|Material||Shell: walnut, plywood
Covers: leather premium
Base: die cast aluminium, polished
|Function & properties||Detachable upholstery
|Delivery includes||Ottoman without Lounge Chair|
|Care||To clean the wood surfaces a soft, damp cloth and a mild neutral detergent are recommended.
Please clean and maintain the leather covers according to the enclosed brochure.
|Awards & museum||MoMA, New York|
|Product family||Eames Lounge Chairs
|Datasheet||Click for more information (ca. 0,4 MB).
Will a new Ottoman match an existing Lounge Chair?
We offer the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman separately in our shop, but recommend a combined purchase (Lounge Chair & Ottoman). Wood is a natural product, when you buy both together you will get a Lounge Chair and Ottoman in matching wood colour and wood structure. If the two are purchased separately structure and colour can differ.
Are there differences between the Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller and that from Vitra?
Vitra has the distribution rights for Europe and the Middle East, Herman Miller for all other regions. The base of the Vitra Lounge Chair is slightly slimmer than the American version from Herman Miller.
Charles and Ray Eames met in 1940 when the architects Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen were preparing their 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 assist 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 Ray's 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.
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 are 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.
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 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.
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 a 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 a comfortable and modern retreat.
The manufacturer of Eames furniture in Europe is the company Vitra. In 1953 CEO Willi Fehlbaum and his wife Erika Fehlbaum 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
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