Iconic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Released in 1956, Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman was the first chair that the Eames designed for the high-end market.   This luxury item was inspired by the traditional English Club Chair.  The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells: the headrest, the backrest and the seat.  The chair back and headrest are identical in proportion, as are the seat and the ottoman.

Charles and Ray Eames made the lounge chair and ottoman as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd.”  Herman Miller and Vitra remain the only two companies to produce these chairs with the Eames name attached.

A 1956 rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The set was a gift of the Herman Miller Company, donated in 1960.

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