Our Eames Lounge Chair Replica is internationally famous thanks to its appearance in countless design books, magazines, famous living room, TV shows, and movies. It has certainly become a midcentury modern furniture icon since the launch of its original in 1956.
The Eames Lounge Chair the Lounge Chair has been in continuous production since then. It’s won renowned prizes such as first place at the Milan Triennial of 1957 and it’s a permanent part of the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art since 1960. What makes this iconic chair so special?
The Origin of the Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames Lounge Chair officially titled as the “Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)”, made its debut on the Arlene Francis “Home” show broadcast on the NBC television network in the US in 1956. This footage is still available today and you can watch it online.
The design of this piece of art belongs to married couple Charles and Ray Eames which worked for the Herman Miller furniture company in 1956.
By then, Ray Eames once wrote in a letter to Charles that the Eames Lounge Chair looked “comfortable and un-designy”. The Eames’ original concept had indeed been that of a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
The Eames Lounge Chair was originally designed for a high-end market, being one of the first chairs in history to be designed with this purpose. Made of molded plywood and leather, the Eames Lounge Chair originally responded to the demand by the U.S Navy during World War II to create a lightweight, affordable leg split to help move wounded soldiers.
This granted access to military-grade technology and manufacturing facilities that allowed Ray and Charles Eames to develop their plywood molding technique, which they then used in several of their designs.
The result? One of the most popular items in our best sellers mid-century modern collection.