The Eames Lounge Chair

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  1. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    Since everyone seems to love this chair so much, let's give its own thread. It was recently re-released in a rare rosewood finish for its 50th anniversary :bowdown:

    Eames Lounge Chair

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    Eames Lounge Chair


    The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman, correctly titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) were released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. It was the first chair the Eames designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of molded plywood and leather. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
    It is said by some to be the successor to the Morris Chair.
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    Design

    The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells. The shells are made with several thin layers of wood veneer glued together and shaped under heat and pressure. The chair has very elegant proportions. The shells and the seat cushions are essentially the same shape: composed of two curved forms interlock to form a solid mass. The chair back and headrest are identical in proportion, as are the seat and the Ottoman. The Eames constantly made use of new materials. The couple's first plywood chair - the Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW)-made use of a heavy rubber washer glued to the backrest of the chair and screwed to the lumbar support. These washers, which have come to be called 'shock mounts', allow the backrest to flex slightly. This technology was brought back in the 670 Lounge chair. The backrest and headrest are screwed together by a pair of aluminum supports. This unit is suspended on the seat via two connection points in the armrests. The armrests are screwed to shock mounts on the interior of the backrest shell, allowing the backrest and headrest to flex when the chair is in use. This is part of the chair's unusual design, as well as one of its biggest flaws. The rubber washers are solidly glued to the plywood shells, but have been known to tear free when excessive weight is applied, or when the rubber becomes old and brittle.
    Other creative uses of materials include the seat cushions - which eschew standard stapled or nailed upholstery. Instead the cushions are sewn with a zipper around the outer edge that connects them to a stiff plastic backing. The backing affixes to the plywood shells with a series of hidden clips and rings. This design, along with the hidden shock mounts in the armrest allow the outside veneer of the chair to be unmarred by screws or bolts. The chair has a low seat which is permanently fixed at a recline. The seat of the chair swivels on a cast aluminum base, with glides that are threaded so that the chair may remain level.
    It first appeared on the Arlene Francis 'Home" show broadcast on the NBC television network in the USA in 1956. The chair has become iconic with Modern style design although when it was first made Ray Eames remarked in a letter to Charles that the chair looked "comfortable and un-designy" (sic). The chair has also been described as looking like "the well worn glove of a first baseman". Immediately following the début Herman Miller launched an advertising campaign that highlighted the versatility of the chair. Print ads depicted the 670 in a Victorian parlor, occupied by a grandmother shelling peas on the front porch of an American Gothic style house, and in the middle of a sunny field of hay. One notable advertisement was produced by the Eames for Herman Miller warning consumers against imitations and knockoffs.
    Since its introduction, the chair has been in continuous production by Herman Miller in America. Later, Vitra began producing the chair for the European market. Immediately following its release other furniture companies began to copy the chair's design. Some copies were direct knockoffs, while others were merely 'influenced' by the design. Most notably Plycraft Company, now defunct, issued dozens of chairs that directly mimicked or were in-the-style-of the Eames 670. More recently the Chinese market, as well as other European companies, have begun making direct copy knockoffs. However, Herman Miller and Vitra remain the only two companies to produce these chairs with the Eames name attached.
    The Eames Lounge Chair appeals to people for several reasons. It is a classic design that has been in production continuously since its creation. In addition to the style, it is also very comfortable, a combination not always found in high design. Additionally, some people find it desirable purely for reasons of Conspicuous consumption - the chair with Ottoman retail for around $3,200. In part the appeal of the chair comes from its comfort. The Eames focused first on usability in their designs.

    Used market

    There is a decent used market for these chairs. Some collectors are willing to pay high prices for earlier chairs made with Brazilian Rosewood veneer, which is no longer available. In 2006, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the chair, Herman Miller released models using a sustainable Palisander Rosewood veneer. Prices for original rosewood chairs have recently reached as much as $7,000 in auction.

    In popular culture

    The Eames lounge chair has appeared on the television series House M.D. The chair and ottoman features in Dr. House's apartment, and also a corduroy-upholstered model in his office. The Eames Lounge Chair also frequented the set of the NBC sitcom Frasier.



    Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman in sustainable Palisander Rosewood and leather :yum:

    Accept no imitations, Yardsale

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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    my grandfather has one of these that he got at a garage sale a few decades ago for $20 :dunno:
     
  3. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    tell him I will give him $50 for it :eek3:

    don't mention that the originals are selling for as much as $7000 at auction
     
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    Wasn't it something like a $15,000 donation to the Eames Foundation to get a rosewood one? I love Charles and Ray Eames' work, but I don't think I could ever afford it.

    I could however sport these... if i skated :o

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    my grandpa has one, hes had it since before i was born. Its a pretty comfy chair, a bit stiff for me i think
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    $6500 and it comes with a couple "surprise gifts" :noes:

    that ended though. You can buy the real thing from DWR for $4125 though.

    for the extra $2500 apparently the chair is hand-numbered to show that it was a gift from the Eames Foundation. I figure if you're willing to blow 4K on a chair, you're enough of an enthusiast to spend the extra 2500 to get the special edition and you probably wouldn't mind making the contribution to the Eames Foundation :dunno:

    Oh and those skate decks fucking rule :bowdown: In my ricer days I almost bought a snowboard for $600 that had a honda engine diagram on it :mamoru:
     
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    Yardsale OT Supporter

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    oh hi, i lobsterized your eames

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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    that chair = shit compared to the original :o
     
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    not suppose to be "better" than the original, just a different knockoff take on the eames
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    too good for knockoff watches but good enough for knockoff chairs :bowdown:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    no original no care. insect furniture ftl
     
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    _Trev_ Ya gotta pay the troll toll... OT Supporter

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    My grandparents had one. Because of how my grandmother is though, they threw it out since it wasn't "In" anymore and she thought It was too old..

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    Got the rosewood one downstairs.. comfy as fuck
     
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    penny pics?
     
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    Anyone have some sources for replicas? I refuse to spend 3k on an occasional chair.
     
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    i do. some cali places selling it for 900 :dunno:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    www.spheredesignsfurniture.com

    I dunno about the quality but I haven't heard too many bad things about the place. I'm gonna check it out one of these days :o
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    I just got back from sitting in a real one at a showroom and I will NEVER buy a fake. Fucking thing was GODLY, ABSOLUTELY FUCKING GODLY. I feel like I just saw a piece of toast in the shape of Jesus giving a blowjob to Allah.

    Everything about it was PURE SEX :bowdown:
     
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    get an early one with the brazilian rosewood :wackit:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    brb, gonna go sell a kidney in an alley :io:

    it's weird, the chair itself looked smaller than I thought it would be...sorta like the first time I saw a Gallardo and thought "that looked much bigger in the pictures"

    These, however, were a lot bigger than I had imagined :eek4:

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    i'd forgotten about this, wish I would have won it :wtc:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    I guess you'll just have to go on with life knowing that some other lucky person is the proud owner of a large wooden potato bug :hs:
     
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    <- :o
     
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