Eames & That Lounge Chair!!!
It had to happen sooner or later. I would have to write a post about one of my favourite Iconic chair designs, the Eames Lounge Chair. As it turns out, I had yet another encounter with this 20th Century design classic at Heal’s last week, and its been on my mind ever since. So this post comes to you sooner than planned.
To be honest, as I don’t actually own one (YET), I have become a bit of an Eames Lounge Chair Stalker. When I do find one, I will quiet gladly plonk myself down in the middle of a shop, and just sit there to my heart’s content. Personally, I see this as an Act of Appreciation, and I highly recommended that you try it for yourself. It is the only way to fully comprehend the comfort, design and style of this iconic chair.
There will be some of you who may, (gasps), have never seen this beauty. And, I imagine, quiet a few of you may not be able to comprehend the price tag of (gulps), £5,242. My hubby certainly doesn’t. Although, to be fair, this price does include The ottoman, (they are sold separately). I am not sure why anyone would part these two beauties as they are essential to the whole sitting experience, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Don’t be put off though, it is worth every penny, honest! Let me explain a little bit of the history behind it, and you may just change your minds. That is, if you haven’t already been smitten by its good looks.
Model 670 Lounge Chair & Model 671 Ottoman
The Model 670 Lounge Chair, and Model 671 Ottoman (their official names), were designed by Charles and his wife Ray Eames in 1956. These Mid-Century legends in modernism were to go on to produce many of todays most famous classics, such as PAW and the RAR rocking chairs. Eames were the first designers to construct a press that enabled them to bend plywood into 3D shapes, an innovation in itself at the time.
For the Lounge Chair, Charles and Ray Eames took inspiration from the old English club chair. Their intention was to create a new updated version, and the rest, as they say, is history, well furniture history that is. They set a new benchmark for luxury and comfort. Unlike their other designs, where they sought to provide mass-produced and affordable inspired pieces, the Lounge Chair was to be the exception. It was, and still is, a major success as a high-end, quality chair design.
There are, of course, a whole host of imitations out there, if you’re so inclined. For me, though, I am quiet happy to wait and get the real thing. Although, I just hope I won’t be too grey and old to be able to enjoy it.
Maybe you’ve got a favourite chair design. (I can’t be the only one with a chair crush!) It would be great to hear from you so I could feature it on future blog posts.
That’s all from me this week. I hope you have a great weekend wherever you are!!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by and reading todays post!