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Lounge Chair - White Version

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1956 — 4.960,00 €
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Charles and Ray Eames worked for several years on a contemporary version of the traditional English club chair - and finally created the Lounge Chair: today an undisputed design, a paragon of comfort and timelessness and one of the most successful products of manufacturer Vitra. The white version of the lounge chair is made of light walnut and sophisticated leather, and thus provides a modern lightness and elegance.

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Details

Product type Lounge Chair
Dimensions Height: 84 / 89 cm
Depth: 85 - 91 cm
Seat height: 38 cm
Width: 84 cm
Material Seat and back shell: walnut, moulded plywood
Cover: Premium Leather, snow
Foot: die-cast aluminium, polished
Variants Available in two sizes
Manufacturing
Function & properties With removable cushion units
Swivels
Delivery includes Lounge Chair without Ottoman
Care To clean the wood surfaces a soft, damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent are recommended

Please maintain and clean the leather according to the booklet included with delivery
Awards & museum MoMA, New York
Warranty 24 months
Product family All Eames Lounge Chairs
Datasheet Click for more information (ca. 0,4 MB).

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

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Why is the Eames Lounge Chair White offered in two sizes

The classic dimensions are those of the original 1956 design. That the average human today is larger than the average human was then, Vitra, in close co-operation with the Eames Office, increased the dimensions of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. The proportions and the unique aesthetic of the object remains the same. Just bigger.

Can I buy the Ottoman later?

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman can be purchased separately. Please beware however that when purchased independently of one another slight differences in the wood grain and colour are, on account of the fact wood is a natural material, inevitable.

Is there a difference between the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and that from Herman Miller?

Vitra hold the license and distribution rights for the works of Charles and Ray Eames in Europe and Asia. Herman Miller for all other regions. Although essentially identical, the base of the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair has slightly thinner arms than the version from Herman Miller.

Design Story

Billy Wilder on an Eames Lounge Chair

Designer

Charles and Ray Eames first met in 1940 at Cranbrook Academy of Art: the architects Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen were preparing their entry for the New York museum of Modern Art's "Organic Furniture Competition" and Ray Bernice Kaiser, who had just finished her painting studies and was for a four-month study of design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, assisted Eames and Saarinen. In 1941 Charles and Ray married and move to Los Angeles where they established the Eames Studio and from where they cooperated over the next thirty years on numerous film, textile, graphic and architecture projects, and of course their famous furniture designs.
Much of the work of the Eames testifies to a very unique form language, a form language which is defined by the differing academic backgrounds of the two: Charles' technical and constructive understanding complimenting Rays artistic abilities talent. Characteristic is the juxtaposition of cosy, playful components with clear, elegant elements, something which can be especially clearly understood in their home in Pacific Palisades where a very clear, structured architecture is combined with a warm colour scheme and open spaces in a vibrant collage of old and new, crafts and industrial products, technology and art. Charles Eames died on 21 August 1978 Ray Eames on 21 August 1988

The Design

As Charles and Ray Eames designed their lounge chair in the early 1950s, they had the vision of a classic English club armchair permanently in mind, their plan being to create a contemporary version of the same. The design of the Eames lounge chair is characterized by the successful combination of comfort, luxury, timelessness and style; and is said to have been encouraged by the film director Billy Wilder. According to the popular legend Wilder was looking for a chair which was comfortable yet fashionable, failed however to find one. Something he informed his friends Charles and Ray. Who responded as only designers know how....
In 2002 Hella Jongerius developed a new colour concept for Vitra, a project which also included the development of a version of the Eames chair in white leather and with a white pigmented walnut shell. Apart from the fresh color scheme nothing else was changed. As with all versions of the lounge chair the Eames lounge chair white is made of moulded plywood panels onto which are fixed leather upholstery. The flexibility of the chair arises thanks to the so-called shock mounts, a patented invention by Charles Eames. With their lounge chair design Charles and Ray Eames thus reduced the object to an absolute essence, no part is too much, none too big, everything is in place and exactly meets its required function. Three years after the launch the Eames Lounge Chiar was already included in the 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 lounge chair in Europe is held exclusively by Vitra. The company, based in Birsfelden, Switzerland acquired in 1957 the rights to all Eames designs; and since then production of the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman has remained largely unchanged. In 47, mostly manual, steps the plywood shells of the seat, back, headrest and armrests are padded and connected via differently angled aluminium brackets and with a few screws, hooks, eyes, spacers and shock mounts, buffers of hard rubber. The shell is then placed on a rotatable five star foot crafted from polished die-cast aluminium. The matching ottoman features a single plywood shell with leather upholstery and stands on a non-rotatable four foot base. The walnut veneer for the Vitra Lounge Chair White comes, as for all Eames lounge chairs, from sustainably managed forests. Containing 24% recycled content, 29% of the materials used to construct the chair can subsequently be recycled again. For those wanting to see for themselves how an Eames Lounge Chair is constructed the Lounge Chair Atelier on the Vitra Campus is open workshop where you can observe just such at close quarters.

Production of an Eames Lounge Chair

After the privations of war by the 1950s global society had recovered and especially in the US, the became represented and characterised by feverish consumption across broad sections of the population. At the same time home began to increasingly become seen by many as a place of retreat, a refuge from the pressures of the new world order. with their 1956 Lounge Chair Charles and Ray Eames realised not only a contemporary version of the classic club chair but also an object which offered a comfortable, modern retreat and one which through its elegant moulded plywood shell and sumptuous padding reflected the mood of the age and the aspirations of the average American.

Manufacturer

The exclusive licensed manufacturer of Eames furniture in Europe is Vitra. In 1953 Willi Fehlbaum with his wife Erika were on a taxi ride through New York when they saw an Eames plywood chair in a shop window and were so enthralled that they sought the production licences. In 1957 Vitra finally acquired the licenses from the Herman Miller Furniture Company, and in addition to the works of Charles and Ray Eames also acquired the rights to objects by George Nelson, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. Today in addition to manufacturing the entire Eames furniture collection Vitra also produce works by designers as varied as Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio or Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. In addition, Vitra has created with the so-called Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein a unique venue for contemporary architecture. Buildings such as the Vitra Design Museum, VitraHaus, in addition to the various production facilities all being created by famous architects including Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Vitra production facilities in Weil am Rhein, Germany

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