Deconstructing Product Design
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is considered a 20th. Century “Design Icon”. It combines luxurious comfort with the sculpture of modern technology. The chair was introduced by Herman Miller in 1956 and now over 50 years later it is still a top seller. Having worked closely with Charles and Ray Eames as the V.P and Director of Design (1964-1979), I have a great regard for their many contribtions to design, but I can personally attest to the quality of this chair design having sat in one for 50 years.
The Eames Lounge Chair’s famous profile is the precise proportion of a square. Furthermore, the Chair AND Ottoman (the two objects touching each other) are a precise Golden Section proportion. I bet Eames designed the chair intuitively; after all, there is a reason why he is considered one of the great masters of modern product design. I’ll be happy to send a diagram displaying my point.
The best classic lounge chair and ottoman designed by my favorite designers, Charles and Ray Eames.
It is the most collectible furniture of the 20th century! The molded wood base with its rich veneer and the luxurious leather makes this so elegant and classic that will never go out of style. It is indeed a museum piece and unforgettable work of art!
The Eamse Lounge Chair presents a conflict.
To sit or to gaze?
A fine leather glove and piece of sculpture – synchronized!
It feels beautiful to sit in and it extends itself from a distance – like open arms.
Many practical objects of beauty deliver from a distance but disappoint on contact.
Not the Eames Lounge Chair.
It is beauty and comfort. If I were to revise it in any way, it would be to replace the cross footed metal pedestal with something more organic looking to continue the beauty of the chair and ottoman, and make them appear less office furniture-like.
1940’s plywood technology (The plywood is doing something it shouldn’t do…) maintaining iconic memory* — symbolizing the power of design. Sure, it could have been replaced by carbon-fiber replicas (save on shipping) but nostalgia would have cried “foul!”
BTW – The original chair had only four legs.
* Samuel Gragg and Thonet precedents
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