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WHY IS THE EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR AN ICONIC DESIGN?
V. Ryan © 2011
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|Two lounge chairs are seen below. One is typical of lounge chairs of the 1950s, whilst the other (the Eames lounge chair) is ground breaking in its design. The Eames chair is styled in a very different way, compared to the1950s traditional lounge chair.|
|An iconic design is usually a design that is ‘ground breaking’ and one that sets new standards in its field. It is a design that other designers and manufacturers follow, as it becomes a bench mark for other similar products. Furthermore, an iconic design is one that stands up to the test of time, remaining a good design, despite the passing of years, decades and even centuries.|
|ICONIC DESIGN CRITERIA|
A design that sets a bench mark for others to follow.
A ground breaking design, in terms of its technology or manufacturing techniques used during its production.
A design that improves on the past.
A design that sets new standards in terms of quality, functions/features or style.
A design that stands the test of time, remaining popular despite the passing of years.
A design that stays in the memory of those who see/use it.
A design that is often recognised immediately by consumers.
A design that inspires other designers.
Sets a trend.
A design that is innovative.
A design that is aesthetically pleasing.
A design that is often emulated/copied by other designers.
A design that has its place in history, or even helps change history.
|ICONIC DESIGN CRITERIA APPLIED TO THE EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR|
The Eames lounge chair that sets a bench mark for others to follow.
It is a ground breaking design, in terms of the combination of materials used and manufacturing techniques used during its production.
The chair design is an improvement on past designs.
The chair set new standards in terms of quality, comfort and style.
The design has stood the test of time, remaining popular despite the passing of years.
The chair design is memorable, as it is different to other lounge chairs.
The style and design is recognised immediately by consumers.
It has inspired other designers to design similar chairs and even copies.
It sets a trend in terms of style, comfort and selection of materials.
It remains an innovative design.
The chair is aesthetically pleasing with its flowing curves and choice of appropriate materials.
The chair has been emulated/copied by other designers and manufacturers.
The design has taken its place in the history of furniture design.
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