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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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1960s 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 from the 1960s. Beautiful rosewood exterior with replaced seat shock mounts ($600 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

Red Leather and Cherry Eames 670/71 Chair and Ottoman, 2005
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A clean red leather Eames chair and ottoman from the estate of the novelist Judith Krantz. It has the Herman Miller Tags and a production label from 9/30/2005. The shell is Cherry I ...
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Early 2000s American Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Cherry

Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1971-1974
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Hamburg, PA
A rare find! This is a 3rd generation Eames chair 670 and ottoman 671 in rosewood and original leather. Each Eames lounge chair is handcrafted and no two are alike. The rosewood and ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles Eames - Brown Lounge Chair and Ottoman-Herman Miller, 2011
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Charles EAMES - Brown lounge chair and ottoman-Herman Miller, 2011. Dark brown leather and rosewood With certificate Chair size: Height 81.28 cm, Lar. 83.185 cm, length. 83.185 c...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Other Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Marvelous Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning example of the iconic design. This Eames lounge chair and ottoman is executed in beaming Brazilian rosewood with black leather cushions. The wood has been cleaned and oile...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern

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Leather, Cherry

Charles and Ray Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman Matching Vintage Set, Vitra 1968
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Charles and Ray Eames - Lounge chair and ottoman matching vintage set, Vitra 1968 Artist Charles Eames (1907 Saint Louis, USA - 1978 Los Angeles, USA) and his wife Ray Eames - Ka...
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Eames 670 Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 670 lounge chair and matching 671 ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Custom light gray leather is in nice condition—lovingly worn and comfortably ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Custom Finished Black Stain Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair 670
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Houston, TX
Retains original Herman Miller labels. Leather soft and cushions extremely comfortable. The chair is all original Herman Miller parts but they come from 3 donor chairs. The shock mou...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles, Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Herman Miller, 50th Anniv., Ltd Ed
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Charles, Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman, Herman Miller, 50th Anniv., Ltd ed., 1956-2006. Iconic design, limited edition produced an occasion of 50th anniversary of original 1956 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, 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 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

Materials

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

Custom Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Burnt Orangr
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Leather

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

Materials

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

Materials

Aluminum

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

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

Materials

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

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 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

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 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

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Exceptional Chair and Ottoman by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
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

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

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