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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

$5,495.00 + free threshold delivery in the continental U.S.
(please allow approx 20 weeks for this product to be manufactured and shipped)

Eames

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.

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Get the real deal
, less than two months ago.
I was looking at reproductions, but when I saw that Hive was offering the genuine Eames Lounge in a variety of leather and fabric choices I opted to order the real deal in Avocado Green leather with Palisander wood body. I love it - the leather is buttery soft and the chair is remarkably comfortable. Plus, it will retain its value. My kids are already fighting over who will get it when I die.
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Classic Eames Lounge
, more than a month ago.
I ordered the standard size Eames lounge in walnut with upgraded Geiger Tenera leather in black. I have a small dog so I wanted a thicker full-grain hide, rather than the slightly thinner stock offering, that could stand up to tiny paws and claws.

I was not disappointed. The chair is sublimely beautiful and supremely comfortable. The upgraded leather is a gorgeous flat black (instead of the shinier stock leather) with a beautiful grain that somehow makes the chair appear even more warm and inviting. And the leather seems completely impervious to tiny dog feet, with nary a mark visible.

The upgraded leather took HM extra time because they have to order the materials, so patience is required. It took a long 4 months from order to delivery, while the stock chair can be delivered in half that time.

Chair arrives in a giant box, so there is no assembly required; just open the box and slide the well-protected Eames out of its cocoon and into your living room.

If you’re debating whether to get an original Eames or a knockoff, let me assure you that the quality of of the original Eames is second to none.

It’s more than a chair.

It’s a work of art.
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Loved my chair
, more than a month ago.
This wonderful chair was on my list to purchase for many years and I was so happy to finally get my hands on this set. Initially they were in my private office and I would rarely spend more than a few minutes seated and enjoyed the comfort and look. After awhile I took the set home and used them as my primary TV watching chair/ottoman and spent many hours over the years happy in my Eames lounge but then I started noticing the seat cushion was less supportive and I would start to feel the hard plywood shell underneath to the point that I would frequently have to shift my position to be comfortable. This went on for awhile until I finally became tired of it and stopped using the chair as my main chair to watch TV. I would love to have another lounge chair in a different wood finish and leather color but refuse to buy another based on my experience.
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Storied lounge chair and ottoman is worth every penny
, more than a month ago.
What can be said about this lounge chair and ottoman that has not already been said? It is destined to be remembered as one of the most important furniture designs in all of human history, regardless of era or style. It does not disappoint, being the most comfortable lounge chair I've ever experienced, suitable for relaxing for long periods without discomfort. A truly amazing design achievement by masters of modern design.
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A Modern Classic
, more than a month ago.
What else can be said about this fabulous pair that hasn't already been said? The sleek contours and cockpit feel hugs the body perfectly and it is a gorgeous addition or centerpiece to any room. I experienced no issues whatsoever throughout the order or delivery process and am glad to say this is one of the few times I can say I received 100% satisfaction!
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