Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chairs for Herman Miller, circa 1970
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Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chairs for Herman Miller, circa 1970

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A pair of very rare and much sought after pair of lounge chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller, circa 1970. They are made of high quality deep brown tropical hardwood with black leather upholstery, a beautiful combination that adds a sense of luxury to the pieces. This set would make a wonderful addition to any decor, definitely drawing the attention! The Eames couple designed this chair for their friends Billy Wilder and his wife. Wilder was the director of some like it hot and sunset Blvd. It was designed to be a modern version of the traditional club chair: lighter, more comfortable, elegant and modern. It earned them fame as true icons in design history! They have the original manufacturer's label as shown in photos. The set remains in very good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988) gave shape to America's 20th century. Their lives and work represented the nation's defining movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. The Eameses embraced the era's visionary concept of modern design as an agent of social change, elevating it to a national agenda. Their evolution from furniture designers to cultural ambassadors demonstrated their boundless talents and the overlap of their interests with those of their country. In a rare era of shared objectives, the Eameses partnered with the Federal government and the country's top businesses to lead the charge to modernize Post War America.

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  • Dimensions
    H 32.29 in. x W 34.65 in. x D 33.08 in.H 82 cm x W 88 cm x D 84 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1039813195641
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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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