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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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Long before it was the pièce de résistance in a collector’s office or an upscale bachelor pad — landing in ample design magazines, on television and in well-appointed offices over the years — the Eames lounge chair was a fresh, subversive new take on a classic club chair and a culmination of experimentation by its inventive creators.

Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) met while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the prestigious Michigan institution that drew such illustrious design minds as Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen and more. After graduation, they formed the Eames Office, where they spent much time exploring and formulating new techniques in bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. The Eames lounge chair, on the other hand — with its signature wood-grain back and sumptuous (usually black) leather seat — was different.

While the couple’s DCW chairs, introduced in the 1940s, prioritized ease of production and affordability of materials, the lounge, which debuted in 1956, was Charles and Ray’s interpretation of luxury furniture. And to the Eameses, luxury meant, above all, comfort. The couple famously called the lounge chair and ottoman “a special refuge from the strains of modern living” and described their design as having the “warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

Although the seat makes use of the same bentwood technique the Eameses pioneered using their famous “Kazam! Machine” (a handmade apparatus for molding plywood) for their DCW chairs, it tops off this frame with supple leather over a plump, upholstered shape. Ever fascinated by ergonomics, the Eameses carefully calibrated the pitch of the seat. It has enough flexibility for comfort but not so much that stability is sacrificed. This precise shape comes by way of three connected plywood pieces, which, on early models is covered in five layers of Brazilian rosewood; owing to an early 1990s-era embargo on the material, however, the Brazilian rosewood has since been replaced with either ash, walnut or palisander. The accompanying ottoman is the icing on the comfort cake, inviting the sitter to quite literally kick back and relax.

Today, imitations of the Eames lounge chair and ottoman abound. The seat is currently manufactured by both Herman Miller and Vitra, and when it was launched initially by the former, the supporting marketing blitz emphasized the chair’s versatility — an effort that, given the seat’s current ubiquitousness, was clearly successful.

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Customed Order, 3rd Gen Eames Lounge Chair in British Racing Green Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
Please note: Pictures are from the previous customed upholstered Eames Lounge Chair in British Racing Green Leather. Please reach out for images of the current one in restoration. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles Eames Cognac Lounge Chair & Ottoman, Herman Miller, 2011
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Charles Eames - Lounge chair - cognac leather and rosewood ottoman - circa 2011 Edition Herman Miller USA Cognac leather and rosewood Dimensions: Chair: H82 x Width. 83 x lo...
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2010s North American Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles & Ray Eames Black Leather and Rosewood Ottoman for Lounge Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Geneva, CH
Charles & Ray Eames black leather and rosewood ottoman for lounge chair, Herman Miller, circa 1970s Manufacturer label underneath. Black base with white glides. Cushion filled with ...
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Vintage 1970s American Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather, Rosewood

Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Herman Miller, 1st Edition 57-59, Iconic
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Antwerp, BE
Eames; Herman Miller; Charles & Ray Eames; Mid-Century Modern, Lounge Chair with Ottoman; Iconic Design; Historical furniture; Collector's item; Design classic; Herman Miller Collect...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Upholstery, Rosewood

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Black Leather and Santos Rosewood
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This is a very nice early example of this ubiquitous design lounge chair. Originally designed for Billy Wilder, the movie director in 1956, and after much admiration was then put int...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Hardwood, Plywood

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Eames chair and ottoman by Herman Miller. Beautiful rosewood exterior with replaced seat shock mounts ($600 value). Original chair and ottoman pair. Black leather in good c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Iconic Eames Black Leather Lounge Chair by Vitra, c.1980
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The Eames lounge chair was made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. The chair was officially titled Eames Lounge...
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20th Century German Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Charles Eames Black Vintage Lounge Chair & Ottoman, Italian Edition Padova, 1960
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Vintage black lounge chair and black ottoman - Charles Eames - Circa 1960 Italian edition ICF of Padova Leather and Rio rosewood Measure: 81 x 82 x 82 cm.   
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Vintage 1960s European Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Black Leather Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames, 1970s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Lasne, BE
Black leather flesh lounge. Swivel foot. Small wear mark on the leather (see photo).
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Vintage 1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Metal

Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Footstool, Vitra 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Lounge Chair and ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. Germany, VITRA, 1970s. Beautiful original lounge chair with rosewood shell and subtle black leather upholstery...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Footstool, Vitra 1999
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. Germany, Vitra, 1999. Beautiful original lounge chair with cherrywood shell and subtle black leather upholster...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Cherry

Restored First Gen 1956 Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
This extremely rare collectible is one of the earliest known productions of the 1956 Eames lounge chair with ottoman, non-stamped frame. In classic black and rosewood lacquered shell...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Early Production Charles and Ray Eames Rosewood Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Austin, TX
A fine early production Eames lounge chair with ottoman by Herman Miller, circa 1965, with original tufted black leather upholstered cushions. The Brazilian rosewood (Rio Palissande...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

Eames Lounge Chair, Original Vitra Model 1st Generation
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Charles Eames lounge chair # 670 (no ottoman) 1st generation released in 1956 Original model bought at "Mobilier International" Blvd Voltaire in Paris Vitra model - different base...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Black Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Eames chair and ottoman by Herman Miller from the 1960s. Beautiful rosewood exterior with replaced seat shock mounts ($750 value). Original chair and ottoman pair. Black le...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Herman Miller Eames Lounge and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Rosewood, leather with black Herman Miller/Eames label, down filled cushions, and ottoman.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair Cognac Brown and White Shell, Set of 2
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Munich, Bavaria
2 similar Vitra Eames lounge chairs. Original Cognac brown Seminaniline leather. It was lacquered in white from a professional company. Very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Early edition circa 1960s. Executed in black leather and Brazilian rosewood. Seat panel has been outfitted with new rubber shock...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Early Classic Mid-Century Modern 670/671 Eames Lounge and Ottoman Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic rosewood and black leather lounge chair and ottoman, 670 & 671 designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by Herman Miller, nice early version circa 1964, richly grained ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Gorgeous Herman Miller Eames Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One of the most beautiful Eames lounge chair/ottoman sets we have ever encountered. Sweeping and beautiful Brazilian rosewood grains. Original leather in good condition. No missing b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Rosewood & Black Leather Eames Lounge Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A particularly nice Brazilian rosewood and black leather Eames lounge chair & Ottoman produced by Herman Miller. This is what is often described as a second generation chair with ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles and Ray Eames 670 Rosewood Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in London, GB
Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are furnishings made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller f...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Exceptional Chair and Ottoman by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
A vintage black leather and Brazilian rosewood easy lounge chair and ottoman with down stuffing. Model no. 671 and 670. By Charles Eames for Herman Miller. American circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

White Leather Lounge Chair, Charles Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Cool looking vintage lounge chair. Designed by Charles Eames. Made by Herman Miller. White leather. Very good vintage condition. Measures: 81cm H x 83cm W x 83cm D.
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Vintage 1950s North American Lounge Chairs

670 Lounge Chair & Ottoman in Rosewood & Leather by Charles and Ray Eames, 1958
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
670 lounge chair and ottoman in rosewood with aubergine leather upholstery. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA, 1958.    
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wood

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