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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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1970s Eames 670 Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman Black Leather Herman Miller by ICF
By ICF Milano 1, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Milano, IT
1970s Eames lounge chair and ottoman black leather by ICF / Herman Miller We have found these pieces which have been produced by ICF, an Italian Milanese company licensed by Herma...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Rare 1956 First Year Production Eames Lounge Chair with Spinning Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare 1956 first year production of the iconic 670/671 lounge chair with spinning ottoman by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller. The spinning ottoman was only made during the f...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Cherry 670 Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic Eames Design for Herman Miller! Cherry Outer shell, this chair dates to the mid-1990s. Cherry is in very good condition, showing no major wear. Leather is a deep wine or maro...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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

Midcentury Black Rosewood and Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Eames, 1958
By ICF Group, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in MIlano, IT
Midcentury black rosewood and leather lounge chair and ottoman by Eames, 1958 Armchair with ottoman in black painted curved solid wood, with upholstered seat and back upholstered in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

2004 Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A 670 and 671 Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman produced in 2004. Both are tagged Herman Miller. Pretty creased patina to the leather. The wood shells are walnut. The Loun...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Vitra Miniature Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. The lounge chair is one of the best known creations of Charles and Ray Eames. Created in 1956, it has become a class...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Models and Miniatures

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 Rosewood and Leather 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A soft black leather 670 lounge chair and matching 671 ottoman having a beautiful well grained Brazilian rosewood shell. This midcentury iconic piece retains the manufactures label f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Time Life Lounge Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1977, Signed
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These incredible deep brown leather 'Time Life' executive swivel lounge chairs were designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1959 and manufactured by Herman Miller. Known to be the most ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Custom Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Burnt Orangr
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful custom edition of the iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Rosewood shells and aluminum bases cradle the custom burnt orange leather cushions. Leather very soft and in ex...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Boston, MA
Charles and Ray Eames's classic lounge chair and ottoman for Herman Miller, models 670 and 671, exemplify deep comfort. A shell of molded rosewood veneer rests on a base of black ena...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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

Early Eames Rosewood Lounge and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Highland, IN
An exceptional early example of the iconic design by Charles and Ray Eames with great provenance, this 670 lounge chair and matching 671 ottoman is entirely original. It features dow...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with New Perfect Custom Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Features vintage rosewood shells that have been professionally restored along with perfect new custom made cushions with white leather. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning rosewood shells adorn this Classic Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Comfortable foam cushions allow for both working and napping. Cushions repainted even black....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Rosewood Lounge Chair by Ray & Charles Eames, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Original lounge chair (Model 670) designed by Ray and Charles Eames. Italy, ICF (Herman Miller), 1960s. Very early production lounge chair produced under licence from Herman Mille...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Early Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Rosewood
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
First generation Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman in rosewood and tufted brown leather. This piece has been refinished and reupholstered and is ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Eames Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A beautiful example of an iconic lounge chair and ottoman in richly grained rosewood with leather upholstery. Ottoman - 26" L 21.5" W 17.25" H.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Aluminum Group Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A black leather lounge chair with ottoman each on matching anodized polished aluminum frames. Ottoman is 18" H x 21" W x 21" D.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Black Leather Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

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

Rare Custom Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Burnt Orange
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Eames lounge chair and ottoman in rosewood and burnt orange leather. Vintage chair and new cushions. Signed and guaranteed authentic Herman Miller chair and ottoman from th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair Cognac Brown and White Shell, Set of 2
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
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

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Lounge Chair And Ottoman New Fine Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Stamford, CT
Charles Eames for Herman Miller lounge chair. Recently redone in a never before sat upon new fine leather. Light rosewood rare and collectable Charles and Ray Eames 670 and 671 loung...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood

Perfect Rosewood and Ivory Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman in Brazilian rosewood and new ivory leather cushions. In perfect condition. Cushions made to order and require 10 day lead time.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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

Materials

Aluminum

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

Herman Miller Eames Lounge and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

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