Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
Comfortable and classic, authentic and approachable, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman take a stunning turn in this new, all-black incarnation. Ebony veneer and supple Black MCL Leather combine to create an appealingly sophisticated color profile that is at once luxurious, minimal, and refined.
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are equally at home in the permanent collections of major art museums and residences and offices the world over. Instantly recognizable as mid-century classics, this timeless pairing is as comfortable today as when it was first produced in 1956.
We still assemble the chair and matching ottoman by hand, paying careful attention to the details such as individually upholstered cushions and 7-ply veneers, as well as discreet hardware fasteners that attach the upholstery to the wood seamlessly. The permanent tilt of the seat takes weight off your lower spine, so you feel relaxed. And while both the lounge chair and the ottoman are 29 percent recyclable, it's more likely that you and your family will pass them down to the next generation.
"A special refuge from the strains of modern living."Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
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.
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.
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.
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.