Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are instantly recognizable as mid-century classics—authentic, timeless designs as comfortable today as when they first appeared in 1956. They are in the permanent collections of major art museums and fixtures in stylish homes and offices all over the world, but they’re more than sophisticated style—they also provide luxurious comfort. The set is now available in an expanded range of materials, to suit any interior and every taste.
When we began manufacturing the Eames lounge chair and ottoman in 1956, there was nothing else like it. There still isn't. The set continues to be among the most coveted and beloved Eames pieces.
We still assemble the chair and matching ottoman by hand, and we pay serious attention to the details. The cushions are individually upholstered. The veneers are 7-ply. The hardware fastens the cushions to the shells without marring the appearance of the wood. The permanent tilt of the seat takes weight off your lower spine, so you feel relaxed. And while both pieces are 29 percent recyclable, it's more likely that you'll pass these heirloom pieces on to another generation.
"A special refuge from the strains of modern living."Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
Choose contract-grade leather or our new premium leather, which is closer in feel to the leather used on the original chair and ottoman. MCL Leather is a premium, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are inherent in this material.
We are reviving an oiled finish for two of the available wood veneers—walnut and santos palisander that closely match the look and feel of the finish used on the original chair and ottoman. Just like the original oiled finish, it will need to be maintained with periodic hand oiling.
You can also choose the standard, high-performance lacquered finish, which requires nothing more than dusting.
The lounge chair has been described as a 20th century interpretation of a 19th century English club chair. The seat is angled to take the weight off the base of your spine; the lower back piece supports your lower back. The angle of the upper back piece that supports your chest allows you to move around comfortably while you're sitting.
It seems that any piece of furniture designed by the Eames team and manufactured by Herman Miller is sooner or later copied and copied again. Cheap knockoffs of the original try to fool consumers. Rest assured: There is no copy that feels or looks or performs as beautifully as the original.
We still assemble the chair and ottoman by hand, with 7-ply wood veneer shells. The leather-covered cushions are individually upholstered and each can be replaced if necessary. The back braces are die-cast aluminum. The chair base has a built-in swivel mechanism.
Part of the permanent collections at New York's MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago, the chair and ottoman have been the subject of documentary films and books; were the sole subject of a museum show at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York; and are featured prominently in the television series "Frasier" and "House," as well as in numerous stylish movie interiors. Although the word "icon" is overused, it's exactly the right word in this case.