Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
The authentic, timeless designs of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, so well-known in their black leather incarnation, are now also available in a whiter shade of leather and a pale ash wood. This stunning version of an Eames classic has a light, airy look, perfect for today’s interiors. The shell is a white ash veneer that’s finished with a process that maintains the wood in its natural, “freshly cut” state—a creamy white that resists yellowing. We even updated the base with a white finish.
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
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.