Armchair (lounge)

Herman Miller Inc.

Eames Lounge 670 & Ottoman 671 (1956), Charles & Ray Eames

Charles (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988) were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. So this will not be the last time they are featured on Wikiconic. Their main goal was to to develop furniture that was affordable and could be mass-produced – with the exception of the Eames Lounge Chair.

The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are made of molded plywood and leather, designed for the Herman Miller furniture company. They are officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) and were released in 1956 after years of development. Charles and Ray Eames wanted to improve a familiar fixture in many living rooms: the lounge chair. Citing the English club chair as inspiration, they wanted to design a modern version of that chair. Almost immediately, the design became an icon of American design. Today, these pieces not only live in museums, but continue to offer comfort and style to interiors everywhere.

The most iconic lounge chair has a Brazilian rosewood veneer, which was discontinued in the early 1990s. If you happen to stumble upon one of those: it’s definitely a keeper.

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