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eames® ottoman

by Eames, from Herman Miller ®

eames® ottoman

Design Charles & Ray Eames, 1956
Molded plywood, die-cast aluminum legs, leather upholstery
Made by Herman Miller®

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

The Eames lounge 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 ottoman is considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century and is 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 ottoman manufactured since the original has 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 ottoman is now available in a veneer called santos palisander, a lustrous veneer that has the same characteristics as the original rosewood, color and grain.

The ottoman 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.

ottoman: 26" w | 21.5" d | 17.25" h

$1,645.00 + free shipping
(usually ships in 12-15 weeks)
average rating: 5

Eames

Husband and wife team Charles & Ray Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture, furniture design, graphic design, art and film. Charles and Ray designed prize winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding inspiration of Alvar Aalto. Ray Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter and has a painting in the Whitney Museum permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son in law buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father in law as 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 & Ray Eames the company produced legendary classics of industrial design.

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