Who doesn't recognize the Eames lounge chair and ottoman? It lives in museums like MoMA in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, in stylish interiors everywhere, and as a tattoo on a devotee's arm. It has been the subject of documentary films and books. It even has its own fan website. Calling it a classic is an understatement. It's the quintessential example of mid-century designâelegant and profoundly comfortable too.
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Herman Miller has partnered with the world's leading designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi and others to produce innovative products for home and office. Herman Miller's belief in design as a way to solve significant problems for people stemmed from the pragmatic view of the Bauhaus and continues today with many leading designers from around the world.
When the Eames chair and ottoman was introduced in 1956, there was nothing else like it. The design was completely new. It has not only endured for more than 50 years—it has become one of the significant furniture designs of the 20th century. Instantly recognizable. And still fresh.
Luxurious Comfort and Support
Even a unique and beautiful chair would never have lasted if it were not comfortable. The comfort built into the Eames lounge chair and ottoman helps explain its enduring popularity, compared to other chairs that are also considered icons of 20th century design.
Like all classics, the chair and ottoman just get better with age. Both are hand-assembled with great attention paid to the details. Shells are 7-ply cherry, natural cherry, walnut, or santos palisander, a richly grained veneer that looks like the Brazilian rosewood used on the original chair but is a sustainable tropical wood.