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Eames® Lounge Chair & Ottoman

by Eames, from Herman Miller

eames® lounge chair & ottoman

eames® lounge chair & ottoman

Design Charles & Ray Eames, 1956
Molded plywood, aluminum, leather
Made in USA by Herman Miller®

"Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman is the culmination of Charles and Ray Eames' efforts to create comfortable and handsome lounge seating by using production techniques that combine technology and handcraftsmanship. Its heritage goes back to the molded plywood chairs pioneered by the Eameses in the 1940s. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century and are part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Charles Eames said his goal for the chair was the "warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." Every one is a special refuge from the strains of modern living.

The first lounge chair and ottoman, produced in 1956, was a birthday gift for friend Billy Wilder, the Academy Award-winning film director, and it made its public debut on Arlene Francis' Home show, which later became the Today show.

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

Every lounge chair and ottoman manufactured since the original have received the same meticulous handcrafted attention. The rich veneer and supple leather suggest old-fashioned luxury translated into modern forms, setting an enduring standard for comfort and elegance. In addition, the lounge chair and ottoman are now available in a veneer called santos palisander, a lustrous veneer that has the same characteristics as the original rosewood, color and grain.

The chair has 6-inch thick urethane foam cushions and rich leather upholstery available in your choice of colors. The wood is harvested exclusively from sustainably managed forests and is available in a variety of finish options. All pieces are hand assembled with a built-in swivel mechanism.

standard height chair: 32.75" w | 32.75" d | 32" h | seat: 15" h
extended height chair: 32.75" w | 34.5" d | 34.25" h | seat: 15.25" h
ottoman: 26" w | 21.5" d | 17.25" h

$5,295.00 + free threshold delivery in the continental U.S.
(Quick-ship items ship immediately. All other options usually ship in 21-50 business days)


Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum’s permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.





eames® lounge chair & ottoman

average rating: 4.5
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the best lounge chair of all time !
, less than a week ago.
the eames lounge chair is the pinnacle of comfort, quality, design and beauty..... testament to the fact it has been in continuous production since its launch in 1956. there is none better !
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Truly disappointing
, less than a month ago.
I so want to love this chair and it's incredibly upsetting that I don't. Like others I have admired the design for decades and was incredibly fortunate when my loving wife presented me with my very own for my 40th birthday.

Mine was the first I'd sat in. It was rather comfortable as one would expect and the palisander wood finish was lovely.

$200 brought us the MCL leather in black. This was my first disappointment because it has no odor. It's quite incredible - it could be pleather.

But what really disappoints me is some peculiar attention to detail. Underneath the front of each arm, just where your finger tips want to rest, is a sharp edge of leather. In exactly the same place on each side its something that my fingertips seems to gravitate to and its very uncomfortable. It is, I presume, where the leather that covers the arm originates & finishes. It's just glued down on top of itself. No nice finish. I cannot fathom why, at $6,595, Herman Miller doesn't run a length of piping to finish this off and make it more tactile. I raised this with Hive Modern and they advised that the chairs in their showroom are the same.

I currently have my second chair which was a replacement for the first. It is now exhibiting the same "issue" that the first one did and why it was replaced. Out of the box the chairs only movement is the swivel and an inherent flex when you lean into it just as described on Herman Miller's website. But after several months they both developed a 3rd and unwelcome movement: they rock about the swivel; when you lean forward to leave the chair it clunks; stand behind the chair and apply light pressure to the back and it clunks forward an inch or two, let go and it clunks back to where it came from.

I raised this with Hive Modern and they informed me that the chairs in their showroom exhibit the same thing, although one of them more profoundly than the other, and Herman Miller advised Hive Modern than this is perfectly normal.

Please sit in one before purchasing.
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5 stars are not enough
, more than a month ago.
i purchased a classic lounge chair and ottoman from gabe in walnut and black, extra tall. absolutely love it. it is just as advertised and if you want one done wait, i waited 20 years, don’t be me.

hive was wonderful, great prices authentic products and good communication. i only wish herman miller could have sent it sooner.

live a little, buy a classic and enjoy yourself!
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Dreams can come true
, more than a month ago.
Though I feel like a bit of a traditionalist with the style and color I got, I couldn't be happier with my choice. What a lovely addition to my home.

There were some minor blemishes on the base, but Hive was very quick to offer a satisfactory resolution.
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You'll love it long after you forget what you paid for it
, more than a month ago.
I purchased an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman about 8 years ago. It was expensive (though less so than it is today), but I have no regrets whatsoever. It's beautiful and comfortable, and it starts many conversations with admiring visitors to my home. I can't say anything about it that hasn't been said before, but I can say to those wondering whether it's worth the money, yes, it is.
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