THE SUNDAY CLASSICS: EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN
The Eames lounge chair is personally the ultimate design classic. It's a one of the first pieces of furniture that I truely appreciated and admired the design and the craftsmanship. From its curved plywood casing, slick leather and it's functionality in terms of being so comfortable and of course easy on the eye. Vitra has reissued a few variations on the classic over the years. My particular favourite the all black version available at Conran. It takes up a reasonable amount of floor space with the footstool. Not that it needs to be restricted to larger spaces however it's in larger spaces you truly see the silhouette and curves of this beauty.
A true investment piece that will stand the test of time. Its hard to dispute it's iconic status especially with its versatility. It looks as good in a scandi white modern backdrop or in a more traditional setting in a house full of antiques (I'm imagining a gentlemans club library here!). The perfect chair for a little snifter and five minutes (or hours!) of R&R.
And for more Eames inspiration...this may interest you.
"The first Eames lounge chair and ottoman was designed by Charles and Ray Eames as a gift for Billy Wilder, the director of classic film 'Some Like It Hot'. Making its public debut in 1956 on Arlene Francis's Home show, Charles Eames said his goal for the chair was that it be "a special refuge from the strains of modern living".
The chair, which is manufactured by Vitra, is a contemporary and luxurious interpretation of the traditional gentlemen’s club chair with matching ottoman. It combines modern sculptural lines of Santos Palisander wood veneer shells and removable supple natural leather upholstery to create a design classic that is comfortable and visually stylish.
It has a die cast aluminium frame on shock mounts for flexible movement, a quirky signature five arm base and a functional swivel action. It is available in black and white. Each piece will carry Charles and Ray Eames signature as a mark of authenticity."