Charles Eames’ 670 Lounge Chair
The Eames Lounge Chair, designated as 670, is a modern design icon inspired by the old English club chair. Luxurious and sophisticated, the chair’s intelligent design has set new standards for the chairs of the similar type.
The Eames Lounge Chair was a move away from the Eames’ focus on artistic and design-focused chairs. With comfort as a central consideration, Charles underlined his vision of the chair as a piece of furniture resembling “the warm, receptive look of a well-used baseman’s mitt”. The Eames couple’s amazing design skills brought this vision to life, and Charles’ quote perfectly summarizes the feeling of being comfortably cradled and supported in this chair.
Delicately poised at a seating height of 43cm, the Eames Lounge Chair is an ideal reading chair which can also find its place in front of a TV, giving your living room a luxurious look. The chair is designed in such a way that it allows the user to lean back and completely relax.
Accompanied by the Eames Lounge Chair Stool, the look of the chair can be completed with the matching ottoman, which gives you the chance to put your feet up at perfect height for total 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|
The Eames’ Lounge Chair Maintenance
To ensure that the chair is properly maintained it is necessary to take appropriate aftercare steps. It is advised to use leather care oil to maintain the upholstery and not to wash the leather or metal base with water. It is also recommended to avoid placing the chair in direct sunlight. The Eames 670 Lounge Chair is available with a luxury Aniline leather upholstery which comes in five different colours – black, brown, dark brown, white and cream.
The Development of the Eames Lounge Chair
Inspiration often comes from the most unexpected of places and, for the creative minds of Charles and Ray Eames, even from 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 a part of the war effort, after being commissioned by the US Navy during the Second World War. The access to military technology enabled the Eames to perfect their designs and, eventually, to develop some of their most recognized works based on moulded plywood splints. Both the 670 Lounge Chair and LCW are well-known Eames chairs that are constructed partly or entirely from moulded plywood. These elegant designs display a careful manipulation of wood which results in a distinct and refined aesthetic.
The Making of the Eames Lounge Chair
One cannot mention the 670 Lounge Chair without mentioning its predecessor, the LCW chair from moulded plywood. The success and popularity attributed to the LCW are often explained by its flowing and organic form. The Lounge Chair incorporates the same technique and it was so well-received that the chair was called “the chair of the century” by architecture critic Esther McCoy. The 670 Lounge Chair incorporates the moulded plywood technique which wraps neatly around the soft padding used on the seat. This enhances the sophisticated look of the furniture and the curved formatting of the wood was something that had never been seen before, at the time it was first released in 1940. Since the launch of the original, the production of the 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 Eames couple was 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 increasingly recognized as one of the most popular pieces of classic designer furniture and its demand has increased accordingly. When Charles and Ray Eames produced the chair in 1956, it was a gift for one of their friends who happened to be the famous director, Billy Wilder. This was the first instance of the Lounge Chair’s rapid rise to fame. Later that same year, an appearance on the Arlene Francis show further contributed to the chair’s popularity. The prime time TV show in the US gave exposure to the chair and enabled it to gain international recognition.
Since then, a huge demand for the Eames’ Lounge Chair replicas has developed from the countless appearances on TV shows which contributed to its popularity as an 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 degrees tilted angle that the chair rested on, it always gave characters the desirable relaxation as they sat back in their padded and comfortable seat. Partnered with the ottoman, the chair is designed for ultimate relaxation and putting your feet up. Seeing the famous TV characters make use of this design helped it achieve recognition for its quality design and supreme comfort.