Alternatively, there are several high-quality Eames Lounge Chair reproductions available in the market but be careful, as there are many good replicas, there’s a lot of cheap knock-offs.
In recognition of the Eames Lounge Chair 63th anniversary, here are 5 amazing facts you didn’t know about this iconic midcentury modern chair and timeless design.
The Original Calligraphy
Renowned artist, Sister Corita Kent is the person behind the original calligraphy for the Eames Office graphic of the Lounge Chair. A friend of Ray and Charles Eames, the artist showed the design in an exploded view.
A Work of Art
Today, the Eames Lounge Chair design is a permanent piece in the collection of more than 20 important museums around the world like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for example.
A well-received present
American filmmaker Billy Wilder was the recipient of the second Eames Lounge Chair ever produced. This gift was a response by Charles and Ray Eames to a previous gift from Wiler: a modernist chair that the couple received from the filmmaker and loved. Charles Eames frequently joked that he wished he had designed that chair himself.
An Emperor’s Chair
An article from the magazine Playboy in 1961 featuring several midcentury modern designers, including the Eames, was quoted saying the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman “sank the sitter into a voluptuous luxury that few mortals since Nero have known.”
Sleeping like a Log
Charles Eames once invited the famous film producer Julian Blaustein to visit him at his office and read his scripts while he was sitting on a prototype of the Eames Lounge Chair. This was all a test of the quality of the chair. When Charles came back to the office, he stumbled upon Blaustein deep asleep on the Eames Lounge Chair. Blaustein was embarrassed but Charles was pleased with the comfort of his work.
We will continue to explore the history of this famous piece of art in more articles soon. Until then, stay in touch and if you know any other fascinating anecdotes about the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, let us know in the comments below!