|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|
|Function & properties||With removable cushion units
|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|
Register product and secure extended manufacturer's warranty of 10 years
|Product family||All Eames Lounge Chairs
|Datasheet||Click for more information (ca. 0,4 MB).
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.
How do I care for my Vitra Lounge Chair?
In order to maintain their soft feel and natural beauty, leather furniture such as the Vitra Lounge Chair should ideally be cleaned thoroughly every six months and regularly gently cared for. Only when the pores of the leather skin are free of dirt particles can the active ingredients in the leather be absorbed. In particular moisture and re-greasing nourish the natural material from the inside and optimally protect it from drying out and becoming contaminated. When choosing cleaning and care products, the type of leather is decisive, for example, there are different products for suede and smooth leather. It is best to clean your Vitra furniture regularly with a damp, lint-free cloth (no microfibre cloth) without exerting excessive pressure. If possible use distilled water to avoid limescale. After cleaning, leather needs moisturising care in order not to become brittle, and should not only be treated with pure fat or wax, but with a special leather care from specialist dealers. Ideally, the product should be tested in a small out of view area before large-scale use. Also pay attention to quality when caring for your design classic: inexpensive all-in-one products are generally unsuitable for the high-quality leather covers of the Eames Lounge Chair, while solvent-based care products can even be avoided at all costs. Since leather is sensitive to heat and sunlight and may dry or fade, it is advisable not to place the furniture directly near a heater or window or to use special leather care with a sun protection factor. The recommended indoor climate for furniture made of natural materials such as leather or wood is around 45-50 % relative humidity and a room temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius.
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
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.
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.
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.