Eames Lounge Chairs

Written by Sarah Provost
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Eames lounge chairs are true icons of modernist furniture design. The husband and wife team of Ray and Charles Eames revolutionized furniture design when they created their bent plywood chair in the aftermath of World War II. In 1956, as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, they created a leather upholstered lounge chair and ottoman. The chair was actually debuted to the public on national television, on The Today Show.

That chair is now in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, as well as thousands of living rooms and offices. Its innovative and sophisticated design is matched only by its incredible comfort. Charles Eames said he wanted to build a chair with "the warm receptive look of a well used first baseman's mitt," and he succeeded.

Eames lounge chairs have been constantly in demand since their creation, almost 50 years ago. The 7-ply bent wood base comes in walnut or cherry, and the leather seats are usually offered in a dozen or more colors in addition to the original black. The matching ottoman completes the set.

Eames Lounge Chairs Are Available Online

The Herman Miller Company, which produced the original Eames lounge chairs, is still manufacturing them today. In addition, many furniture producers are making reproductions of excellent quality. If your idea of comfort is an overstuffed wing chair, modernism might not be the best choice for you. This classic piece, however, is exceptionally comfortable despite its sleek styling, and will shine in any contemporary setting.


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