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Design classics – Eames Lounge chair

March 1, 2012

As March starts today we are adding another design classic to our series. This month we are featuring the Eames Lounge Chair manufactured by Herman Miller.

Designed by the husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames this furniture was first released in 1956. The style embraced the Modern design style of the period and it quickly became a firm favourite. It was said that the design “resembled a well-used first baseman’s mitt”. It is a perfect analogy as this is a chair that certainly envelopes you when you sit it in it!

Longevity is a true sign of a design classic and this furniture has been in constant production by Herman Miller since its introduction over 50 years ago. It is also made by Vitra in Europe but they are the only two licensed manufactures. The market is flooded with cheaper poor quality imitations but only Herman Miller and Vitra can apply the Eames stamp to their furniture.

The original chairs were made using a Brazilian rosewood veneer which is now banned from use worldwide. Original pieces remain highly desirable collectors items and have been known to sell for vastly inflated prices. You can see an original 1956 chair and ottoman in the permanent collection at MOMA in New York.

Quality always lasts and this can be seen with the Eames Lounge chair. The workmanship in each chair is outstanding. The chair is constructed of individual pieces to allow movement when you sit in it. The backrest and headrest have some give to allow them to flex slightly providing a more comfortable chair to relax in.

If you want to add a design classic to your home you can’t go wrong with an Eames Lounge Chair. The styling is perfect and will work in any interior. Click here to start planning your own version – I’m thinking Oiled Walnut with Canyon Leather, but what would your choice be?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bookman permalink
    April 3, 2012 10:37 am

    Wish I could buy an original but there is no way I can afford one just now.

    I bought a replica from and think it is fantastic quality and will tide me over until I can sell my car to buy an orignal 🙂

  2. August 13, 2012 9:52 am

    I just wrote a blog piece about this chair, I think it’s fantastic. To design a piece that can still look modern and fresh 56 years after it was first released shows true design talent, especially today when fashion changes so quickly and yet influences almost every furniture design we see.

    Personally I would love to have one, but with the Miller and Vitra prices being in their thousands I think I might have to wait just a few more weeks!!!

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