The Eames Lounge Chair: A Study in Modern, Urban Luxury

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The Eames Lounge Chair is the Epitome of Understated Luxury


Eames Lounge Chairs

Eames Lounge Chairs

The Eames Lounge chair was designed to look like a well worn, soft leather baseball mitt, to be that favorite place to plant yourself at the end of the day. The Eames Lounge chair is without a doubt one of the most recognizable symbols of understated luxury and taste. Without being ornate, gilded, shiny or fancy in any way, the Eames lounge oozes class and sophistication. It is that piece that subtly says you know furniture and design without looking like you are trying too hard to impress.

The soft wood curves of the Eames Lounge and plush leather upholstery make it blend with more natural materials inspired decor. Still, don’t shy away from the Eames in your minimalist modern space because this chair adds a softness to austere modern spaces. Just because you favour clean lines and minimalist forms, doesn’t mean you want to sit in a stiff, uncomfortable chair at the end of a hard day.


The Eames Chair Pairs Attractive Moulded Plywood and Fine Grained Leather to Create a Piece That is at Once Beautiful & Comfortable


White Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

White Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

The Eames Lounge Chair was created in 1956 by husband and wife design team Charles and Ray (Bernice) Eames. The Eames pioneered the use of moulded plywood technology in the 1940s and the Eames Lounge and Ottoman is their most famous use of these fantastic techniques.

Ray Eames explained,”the vision was a chair with the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” The result of their combined vision has become the “must have” lounge set, marrying old-fashioned comfort and visionary modernism to create a masterpiece of mid-century, modern design.


“The Eames Lounge is a Must-Have For Your Modern Media Room


The Eames Lounge chair has seen many incarnations and varieties of upholstery but the black leather and white leather models remain the most classic and sought after. The Eames leather lounge and ottoman are a perfect addition to your library, office, and media room. The lounge had a distinctive, masculine feel but it offers a way to balance a space to suit the tastes of both men and women.

Because the Eames Lounge has the duality of being both modern and relaxed, it can bring together varying design elements to create a cohesive feel. Put it in your modern, austere space to make it feel like it’s not just a magazine style design layout but a home where someone actually lives.

Put the Eames lounge in your modern media room to assert that both minimalism and comfort rule the day. Let your Eames style lounge and ottoman quietly attest to your good taste and eye for design quality.


The Eames Lounge & Ottoman Pairs Handsomely With Warm, Wood Interiors


Eames chair and ottoman in a more traditional setting

Eames chair and ottoman in a more traditional setting

In both interiors shown here, the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman are the anchoring piece of the designscape. The wood and leather add to the rich and warm feel of both spaces. The room on the left shows a more modern use of wood, while the interior on the left displays the Eames chair and ottoman in a more traditional setting.

Even with their modestly different aesthetics, one cannot help but wish to take  a tome from off the shelf in either picture, have a seat in the welcoming Eames style lounge, put one’s feet up and read for an hour or more.


The Eames style Lounge can also be a great way to integrate a more masculine feel into an interior


While the Eames Lounge chair is certainly fit for a king orqueen, it does lean toward a more masculine feel. Sometimes the woman in a couple will dictate much of the design space and the Eames style lounge is a great way to make a space feel balanced and welcoming to both sexes. Without intruding on an existing design scheme, the Eames plays nice and blends in while holding its own.

Put an Eames style lounge in your design space and men will flock to it. Maybe it is the promise of comfort you get just looking at it. Or perhaps its amplitude suggests a throne of sorts. The Eames Lounge has a Mad Men, Don Draper quality to it, anyone who takes a seat in an Eames Lounge is cooler by proximity.


The Eames Lounge Fits Right In with Other Modern Design Elements & a Paired Down Aesthetic


Eames lounge chair on an animal print rug

Eames lounge chair on an animal print rug

While the Eames style lounge can balance a space and make it more man-friendly, it can also soften an austere, modern, minimalist look. Even die hard modernists want a comfortable chair to sink into at the end of the day.

Eames furniture will offer you that sought after comfort without looking out of place among your modern favorites. In the interior pictured at the right, the Eames again takes center stage but blends in beautifully with the Eero Sarinen inspired modern tulip side table, abstract print, animal print floor covering and Eames Eiffel chair in the background.

Pictured to the left, we see the headboard is the room’s focal point but the Eames style lounge functions supremely well as a modern accent chair.The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century. To learn more about the Eames Lounge or to purchase a high quality, true-to-form reproduction of this iconic chair, visit Relax House.

The Relax House authentic-quality reproduction is virtually part-for-part, and measurement-by-measurement identical to the original lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames style lounge is offered the classic black leather lounge and white leather lounge, both with a walnut finish.


April 30, 2012
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