Eames La Chaise sounds sensual stylish, comfortable. Certainly, we can think of no better way to lounge than sprawled out like a Hollywood star on an Eames La Chaise.
Originating in 18th-century France —Chaise stands for a long chair in French, after all— the first chaise was upholstered for bed-style comfort, but many contemporary descendants like the Eames La Chaise offer a more streamlined profile.
For many years, the chaise has been associated with the typical fainting couch favored by damsels in distress, but mid-century modern pieces like the Eames La Chaise have completely changed this concept. Now, an Eames La Chaise can be handsomely hip as the main focal point in your living room.
The Eames La Chaise is an art piece as much as a lounge chair. This chaise makes a dramatic statement that might seem more suited to being looked at than sat on. But don’t let appearances fool you, the Eames La Chaise is surprisingly as comfortable as iconic.
The History behind the Eames La Chaise
Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 for a competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, its form was inspired by “Floating Figure,” a sculpture by Gaston Lachaise. The Eames La Chaise took its name from the Gaston Lachaise‘s Floating Figure sculpture because the Eames believed the sculpture could perfectly fit into this lounge chair.
Its particular and voluminous scooped-out shape allows the person to sit and recline in different positions comfortably. The curved, generous and welcoming shape of the Eames La Chair not only allows it to take on different positions but has contributed to making the Eames La Chaise an icon of mid-century modern design. Combining this with the iconic look of this chair, you’ll have a little performance of art display in no time.
Initially, the Eames La Chaise consisted of two glass fiber shells, glued and separated by a rubber disc, with the cavity filled with polystyrene; the base of the Eames La Chaises consisted of five round metal bars, with wooden feet intersecting. But this design was expensive and resulted in high production costs. These high production costs kept the Eames La Chaise unavailable from the market for a long time.
It would take over 40 years before the Eames La Chaise would actually be put into production. It wasn’t until the ’90s when many companies began to introduce the Eames La Chaise in their catalogs. Now with a lacquered polyurethane shell, chrome-plated steel rods, and oak feet. This means that the Eames La Chaise wasn’t part of the Charles and Ray Eames Portfolio during their lifetime. The Eames La Chaise was later included as it is known around the world, with such a great history and as a faithful reproduction of the original concept.
When it comes to decorating a home with an Eames La Chaise, there are few things to consider—personal aesthetic, lifestyle, budget and more. We’ve compiled a simple, short, list of things to consider that will work for every home. These tips will make the job of arranging your Eames La Chaise and decorating your home with it easy and enjoyable.
Keep it modern and minimalist
In order to complement an Eames La Chaise Lounge Chair, you should keep the rest of your decor modern and minimalist. However, take this with a grain of salt. What we mean is that you don’t want to let the iconic design of the Eames La Chaise get lost amid lots of clutter furniture pieces or clashing styles. But it is perfectly acceptable to highlight its modernism with one or two pieces of a different style in the same room. This way, you’ll be able to create some contrast and achieve a high-dynamic room. Try a piece with a bold color to contrast the white of the Eames La Chaise. You can also try to contrast the style with an antique material to offset the sleek neutral modernity of the Eames La Chaise.
Consider the Placement
What is the best place to put an Eames La Chaise? The Eames La Chaise lounge chair is designed for relaxing. Therefore is a piece that can be perfectly placed facing or alongside a window view. This way, its horizontally inclined lines are also highlighted by the horizon. If you don’t a window where you can put your Eames La Chaise, you can also use a curved nook or corner that will help to accent the lines of this lounge chair. You’ll want to emphasize and highlight the design of this iconic piece and its historical importance. Make it a focal point in your home by placing it along its own wall in the living room.
Try different accessories
Decor accessories like rugs, side tables, and lamps can help frame the Eames La Chaise in an elegant way. To echo the curved lines of this lounge chair, place an arc lamp like our Arco Lamp replica, so that it curves overhead. You can also consider an irregularly shaped rug underneath. A side table like a Tulip Table or a stack of books nearby gives the Eames La Chaise a sense of function. Even a plant can also make this lounge chair a comfortable and unique place for relaxation. You can also try a mobile overhead or a piece of geometrically inspired abstract art to highlight and contrast the Eames La Chaise’s shape. These are just a few suggestions, but the possibilities are endless!
Remember the Proportion
The low-lying silhouette of the Eames La Chaise Lounge Chair is perfect for a horizontally oriented space, such as a mid-century modern ranch home or a small window nook.
But we’re aware that this is not always the chase. If your home is irregularly shaped, you can play with the proportion of accessories and other pieces of furniture to avoid engulfing the Eames La Chaise. If you have a large, looming wall space, try balancing the Eames La Chaise with a large piece of contemporary art. If you have high ceilings or windows, place a modern vertical bookcase or sleek lamp behind the Eames La Chaise.
The idea is to create a visual relationship between the lounge chair and decor accessories that are similar in style to the Eames La Chaise but also pick up on the scale of the space.
The Eames La Chaise is one of the few mid-century modern design unforgettable pieces that can finish a home. Unlike more conventional chairs, the Eames La Chaise invites you and your guests to sit and relax. The Eames La Chaise has a unique style that will instantly become the focal point of any room.
It’s simply amazing how much more dramatic a room seems with an Eames La Chaise in it. If you are thinking about incorporating an Eames La Chaise into your home, we hope that maybe one of these ideas will inspire you.