Design Objects - Lounge Chair (1958)

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The first time, the Lounge Chair was created custom made. Only some years later, Eames has adapted its design to be able to produce it at a larger scale at an industrial level. The prototype was designed by Don Albison at the Eames Office and inserted into the production line at Herman Miller in 1956. Since 1958 though, this sitting is sold under the Italian famous design brand VITRA.

The very first models were available at choice with upholstered cushions in fabric, leather, or Naugahyde (a synthetic fiber), on a base made in rosewood veneer. The armchair is made out of three plywood shells surmounted by cushions in leather that embrace the structure.

As Eames said, this lounge chair is reminding by shape and form a defender’s old baseball glove. The ottoman that is accompanying also made from plywood shell is positioned on a swivel base in aluminum. Antishock supports made in rubber and steel connect its various parts allowing for tilting independently in any direction. The leather cushions initially were filled up with goose feathers, down and foam rubber. Today this lounge chair is proposed in two different sizes and can be configurated in leather, wood, and base options.

Its cozy and elegant design has ensured a front-row seat among cult design objects and made it a most desirable item among coveted collectors of art and authentic modern design.

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