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LOUNGE CHAIR BY CHARLES AND RAY EAMES - 1956

V. Ryan 2011

 

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Eames Lounge Chair

The classic chair seen below, was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s. It was first manufactured for sale in 1956 by the Herman Miller Furniture Company of Michigan, USA. The angle of recline cannot be adjusted, as it is set in one position permanently.

New materials and techniques were used in its construction, such as the use of laminated plywood (layers of veneers) which was extensively developed during the Second World War, for military purposes. The metal supports / frames were manufactured from lightweight aluminium. Rubber spacers between the laminated veneers and aluminium supports, allows slight flexibility, especially in the headrest. They also absorb ‘shock’, especially when the chair is initially sat on.

The cushions, aluminium frames and veneer forms combine to form an interlocking chair and a stunning innovative design.

The design has been in production since its introduction in 1956 and other manufacturers have copied its modern style.

 
 
 
This lounge chair is regarded as a classic design in the world of the furniture / product designer. It can be considered to be on the same level, as the Bauhaus MB-118 Chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1928. It set new standards in terms of its design, style, functionality, selection of materials and manufacturing technology.
 
 
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The chair is accompanied by an ottoman for leg support. Both have specific names, the chair is called the ‘Eames Lounge (670)’ and the ottoman is called the ‘Ottomen (671). They have been designed to the same proportions and style.
 
 
Both pieces of furniture are designed to complement each other. The same materials and construction methods are used, producing a comfortable, robust and stylish set of furniture. However, the chair is quite heavy at approximately 47KG.
 
 
 
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