The Story of a Classic Furniture Icon Re-Told – the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman at Living Edge

Design / Life

“A Special Refuge from the Strains of Modern Living”

When the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman was introduced in 1956, there was nothing like it, and there is still nothing to equal it. Charles and Ray’s modern take on a 19th century club chair has not only endured for decades, it has become one of the most significant furniture designs of the 20th century— instantly recognizable and enduringly fresh.

Like all classics, the chair and ottoman get better with age, in part because of how they are made. From the innovative hardware that fastens the cushions to the shells without marring the appearance of the wood to the fact that each piece continues to be assembled by hand, the combination of craft and manufacturing consistency results in pieces that are genuinely authentic.

As Charles Eames described “The leather cushions do have built-in wrinkles to start with, but that is a clue that spells comfort to come, like the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Each hide used for the cushions possesses variations that are a natural occurrence in leather, and each will age to reveal its own unique personality.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has become so recognizable that its configuration is a registered trademark . Like all classics, the chair and ottoman get better with age.

The Eames lounge chair’s development dated from 1940 when Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen submitted a prototype to the Museum of Modern Art’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition in New York City. Thirty-three years later, MoMA would make the chair part of its permanent collection.

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