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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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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

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

Lounge Chair & Ottoman, Model 670/671, by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Boston, MA
This version of Charles and Ray Eames's iconic molded plywood lounge chair for Herman Miller, model 670/671, features a walnut shell and pearl white leather upholstery. The chair's a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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 Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Modern Herman Miller 670 Brown Leather Eames Lounge Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Houston, TX
Herman Miller 670 brown leather Eames lounge chair -circa 1970s -Brown leather excellent shape -Rosewood -Incudes ottomans -Round label Model 670 / 671.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood

Eames Rosewood 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A smooth soft black leather Eames swiveling lounge chair with ottoman in Brazilian rosewood having a cast aluminum star base. This is the iconic midcentury lounge chair that set the ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood

Vintage 1983 Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman of Rosewood and Black Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Dallas, TX
Eames lounge chair and ottoman in rosewood and black leather, circa 1983. Purchased from the original owner, tags intact on both the chair and ottoman. **NOTE: This item is made wit...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Rosewood and Black Leather Eames Lounge Chair by ICF for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, ICF Milano 1, Herman Miller
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming and comfortable midcentury Herman Miller lounge chair, mod no 670, produced, circa 1960s by the Italian Company ICF for Herman Miller. Based in Milan, ICF produced licensed ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood, Leather

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

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Leather, Wood

Eames Rosewood 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A black leather Eames 670 lounge chair with 671 ottoman in beautiful and rich dark Brazilian rosewood, This swiveling chair is a iconic midcentury design that has stood the test of t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood

Charles Eames Herman Miller Lounge Chair and Ottoman 1956
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic first year of production-1956 Charles Eames for Herman Miller lounge chair and ottoman, known as 670 and 671. Black leather and rosewood, with rare foil label. Three screw ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

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

Iconic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Rosewood
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Classic modern design, Eames 670/671 lounge chair and ottoman in rosewood. This example is circa 1960s, it shows cosmetic wear, includes chips to the veneer along the edges ( notably...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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

Eames Walnut 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
The classic iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman with walnut frame, soft black leather upholstered cushions and cast aluminum legs. Retains the manufactures tags to each piece by th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Charles and Ray Eames 670 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Second generation 670 lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The ultimate MCM lounge chair. This early 1960s example is in very good condition. Molded plywood frame...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood, Plywood

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

Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Oak and Leather 670 Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an excellent 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This iconic piece features a oak shell and original black leather upholster...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Oak

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