Because it has revolutionized the history of furniture, the armchair signed by Charles and Ray Eames is today still an icon of design. With its footrest, it is part of this furniture that one meets regularly in chic and trendy interiors and of which one does not get tired.
The "Eames Long Chair & Ottoman" is also featured in many museums around the world. Back on this emblematic armchair of the design of the years 50, a piece of furniture always published and of which you can find authentic and certified versions in our sales.
CHARLES and RAY EAMES: a mythical COUPLE of designers
At the origin of this armchair is a couple of American designers, Charles and Ray Eames. As soon as they were married in 41, the two young people worked hand in hand, motivated by the same inspiration: to make accessible to as many comfortable pieces of furniture.
From 1949, they explored the possibilities offered by new materials and unprecedented manufacturing techniques. From their research comes a chair on which we are still many to sit today: "Eames Plastic Chair". It is originally made of a fiberglass-moulded hull. Solid and aesthetic, reproducible by mass, it is put on sale from 1950 by an American furniture manufacturer: Herman Miller.
Chairs and armchairs signed by Charles and Ray Eames perfectly reflect their vision of design. Comfortable, aesthetic and functional: This is what they manage to assemble in creations destined for industrial production.
The couple has durably marked the history of design. The eameses are always a reference and their works are represented in multiple museums. Their pieces of furniture are still being edited, by Herman Miller in the United States and by Vitra in Europe and the Middle East.
EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN
History of an iconic armchair
Its official name is "Eames Lounge (670)" and "Ottoman (671)". This armchair with a footrest was marketed in 1956 by Herman Miller in the United States. This is the first creation imagined by Charles and Ray Eames that the couple destined for large-scale production. This is one of the reasons why the term "industrial design" is used to characterize the furniture of that period.
The seat is inspired by the French and English club armchairs, which appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. These furnitures are distinguished by their wide dimensions and their comfortable leather seating, as well as by relatively enveloping armrests. "Eames Long Chair" revisits this European concept, combining the comfort of the Club armchair with new materials and modern manufacturing techniques.
The success of the Eames armchair is immediate, propelled in particular by a passage of the couple and its furniture on the NBC channel. Through the decades, it is always so timeless.
Brief technical description
The armchair designed by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as his footrest, are both made of a molded shell of rosewood plywood. This sturdy and innovative structure is adorned with elegant and comfortable cushions of feathers and leather. The seat is inclined, so as to relieve back and spine. No mechanism can adjust this inclination. The footrest still brings comfort. Each of the rooms is supported by a chrome-plated, 5-pointed frame for the armchair, 4 for the Ottoman.
A piece of furniture still and always edited
The company Herman Miller always produces Eames armchairs. In Europe, Vitra has been licensed for 1984 and has the power to draw copies of the famous furniture. In the years 60-70, other professionals sold Eames armchairs, including the French International furniture distributor and the Italian ICF.
namely that the newer models have larger dimensions than the original, so as to adapt to the current morphology. They are also available in different colors and materials, whether at the level of wood, leather, base, etc.
The price of an Eames armchair
Vitra offers new Eames armchairs from about 4 500-5 000 €. For the armchair and its footrest, new also, the prices start around 6 800 €. More often than not, older versions are available at more affordable prices, from 10 to 50% less expensive, depending on the state of storage of the furniture, its materials and the date of the model's edition.
Like all the pieces that have marked the history of design, the Eames armchair is often imitated and counterfeited. On our website, professionals certify each of the pieces that are offered to you for sale, so that you have the guarantee to buy an authentic piece of furniture.
By China your furniture on our site, you will have the chance to find the famous "Eames Lounge Chair" with its matching ottoman, at a negotiable price. This piece of collectible, highly inescapable, will easily find its place in your interior. And you can comfortably sit in this legendary design chair.