The Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames Lounge 670 Chair is a modern design icon inspired by the old English club chair. Luxurious and sophisticated, the chair's intelligent design has sets new standards for the traditional club chair.
The Eames Lounge Chair, or the 670 Chair as it also known, was a move away from the Eameses focus on artistic and design-based chairs. It ss focused on comfort and Charles underlined his vision of the chair as a resembling “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt.” This quote perfectly summarises the feeling of being carefully cradled and supported in this chair.
Delicately poised at a seating height of 43cm, an Eames Lounge Chair is an ideal reading chair or even a luxury TV chair, as it allows you to lean back and totally relax.
Accompanied by the Eames Lounge Chair Stool, you can complete the look of the chair with the matching ottoman as well as putting your feet up at the perfect height to further enhance relaxation. The elegant colouration of the plywood shell fits with traditional colour schemes but also matches seamlessly with more modern interiors.
Dimensions of the Lounge Chair
|Seat height||43 cm|
To ensure the chair is properly maintained, it is necessary to take the appropriate aftercare techniques. It is advised to use leather care oil to maintain the upholstery and to not wash the leather or metal base with water, and avoid placing in direct sunlight. The Eames 670 Chair is available with a luxury Aniline leather upholstery, which comes in five different colours: black, brown, dark brown, white, cream
The development of the Eames Lounge Chair
Inspiration develops from the strangest of places and for the innovative and experimental minds of Charles and Ray Eames, these can develop from even the most mundane objects.
As a result of some experimental design work with plywood in their spare time, Charles and Ray Eames ended up producing moulded plywood splints as part of the war effort after being commissioned by the US Navy during WW2. The access to the military technology enabled the Eameses to perfect their design and were eventually able to develop some of their most recognisable designs thanks to their moulded plywood splints. Both the 670 Lounge Chair and the LCW are well-known Charles Eames chairs that are constructed partly or entirely from moulded plywood. These designs elegantly display a careful manipulation of wood to give a distinct and refined aesthetic.
How making of the Eames Lounge Chair
Another of the Eames chairs crafted from moulded plywood is the LCW chair and it has become so popular because of its flowing organic form. The Lounge Chair incorporates this same technique and it was so well-received that their chair was called “the chair of the century” by architecture critic Esther McCoy. The 670 Lounge Chair incorporates the moulded plywood technique which forms neatly around the soft padding used on the seat. This enhances the sophistication of the furniture and the curved formatting of the wood was something that had never been seen when it was first released in 1940. Since the launch of the original, the production of Lounge Chair replicas has increased but the quality has remained at the same high-level. The ingenious moulded plywood shell, engineered by Eames, has ensured a level of reliability and sustainability. The Eameses were constantly looking to use single pieces of material to create their furniture and this moulded plywood technique fulfilled this design goal.
The Lounge Chair’s Popularity Surge
In recent years, the Charles Eames Lounge Chair has become recognised as one of the most popular pieces of classic and its demand has increased accordingly. When Ray and Charles created this chair in 1956, they had made it as a gift for one of their friends who just happened to be famous director, Billy Wilder. This was the first instance of the Lounge Chair’s rapid rise to fame as later that same year, an appearance on the Arlene Francis show saw the Lounge Chair boom. The prime time TV show in the U.S gave exposure to the chair which saw it gain international recognition.
Since then, a huge demand for Eames Lounge Chair replicas has developed from the countless appearances on TV shows and essentially contributed to its popularity as the essential living room item. With the most notable ‘role’ in Frasier, the Eames Lounge Chair was also used in scenes in Gossip Girl and Click. Aided by the 15 degree tilted angle that the chair rested on, it always gave characters the desirable relaxation lean as they sat back in their padded comfortable seat. Partnered with the ottoman, the chair is designed for ultimate relaxation and putting your feet up and seeing the characters make use of this design helped it achieve recognition for its quality design and supreme comfort.