Charles and Ray Eames were, and remain, the doyens of American mid-century modernism. The California based husband and wife team designed a large amount of furniture between the 1940s and the 70s. Their designs were immediately popular and many pieces have stayed in production continuously since first being introduced. The couple also worked very successfully in graphic and exhibition design.
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, also known as the 670 (lounge) and 671 (ottoman), was designed in 1956. They had experimented for years with moulded plywood and cast aluminium producing a string of acclaimed and successful designs.
The design was partly based on the English club chair. Charles also said he was after “the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
The Aluminum Group, made of cast, polished aluminum and synthetic leather (naughahyde) was initially designed as outdoor furniture, but is now mainly associated with office furniture.
The Herman Miller company remains the only firm licensed to produce the Eames designs apart from Vitra in Europe.
Plywood shells were originally made of Brazillian Rosewood. This is now an endangered species and has not been used since the early 1990s, which makes the vintage pieces even more desirable.
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