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The Eames Lounge Chair

The chair and Ottoman are designed by Charles and Ray Eames. They were released by the Herman Miller Furniture company in 1956. The lounge is constructed from moulded plywood and leather.

The original chair is made of 3 plywood shells. These shells were originally constructed from 5 layers of Brazilian Rosewood veneer.  In today’s construction however, the shells are made form 7 thin layers of wood veneer, bonded and then shaped by heat and pressure.  Ray had thought that the chair was “comfortable and un-designy” but Charles had envisioned it as “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”.

Whatever it was that Charles and Ray Eames intended, this chair and Ottoman have been tagged as one of the great iconic chairs of its time and can be found in a permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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