November 25th 2015 Posted at Analytics
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Hailed as “comfortable and un-designy” by its creator, the Eames Lounge Chair is as discrete as it is stylish. Despite that, this it has gone on to become an icon of the Modern movement, appearing in films and television series as diverse as “She’s Out of My League”, “Gossip Girl” and “Cougar Town”. It has also inspired a wide range of replicas, some of which have even been hailed as better than the original.
Alright, so that title is one heck of a claim, but trust me the Eames Lounge Chair comes very highly recommended. So many people already think it looks great. Including you: even if you don’t realise it yet. OK, OK, I’m no mind reader, but the Eames Lounge Chair is an icon of the Modern design movement. First launched in 1956 as the Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) (the latter is the little footstool that comes with it), the chair’s co-designer Charles Eames described it as being “comfortable and un-designy”. It’s that discrete, familiar comfort that made this most famous Eames chair (for Charles and his wife Ray designed many) an icon of the Modern movement and as ubiquitous a piece of unshowy but stylish design as a Vettriano painting.
It’s also why you’ve seen one. Even if you don’t think you have. Gilbert Grissom had one in his apartment in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Donald Draper and Dr Gregory House both have them in their offices. Doctor Who took a doze in one back in the Sixties. It’s hard to do this without pictures, but I’ll try. The Eames Lounge Chair almost resembles a bucket seat in design. Its back, arms and seat are joined together by aluminium supports. The whole thing is fitted at a backwards angle to its swivel base, elevating the sitter’s legs and giving them little option but to relax their weight backwards into the seat. The raising of the sitter’s legs makes the accompanying footstool (it’s that Ottoman again) near essential and the whole thing almost ridiculously comfortable.
There’s a reason the Eames chair has made so many appearances on film and television. The Eames Lounge Chair’s popularity and many, many appearances on the box are symbiotic. Its first public appearance came in 1956, when it was featured on the “Home” show, NBC’s hugely popular daytime magazine programme fronted by actress and game show panellist Arlene Francis. A huge advertising campaign followed immediately. The campaign – which showed the Eames chair in a variety of unlikely locales including a hay field, a Victorian parlour and on the front porch of a house straight out of the America Gothic – focused on the Eames chair’s versatility. It’s that same versatility which explains its continuous place in popular culture – and, in particular, the American popular imagination. The Eames Lounge Chair is comfortable yet smart, stylish yet understated. That’s why it can sit as easily in Frasier’s luxurious Seattle apartment as it can in the TARDIS.
The Eames Lounge Chair has become almost the epitome of a perennial favourite, having been in continual production since its launch. In America, it has been producedby Herman Miller, while Vitra began producing Eames chairs in Europe a while later. It has also inspired replicas, imitations and knock offs of varying quality – particularly in the European market, where “originals” are far more expensive. Some replicas can be of extremely poor quality. Spray painted cushions, exposed screws and poor quality materials are amongst the complaints that have come from those who bought cheap, fast buck knock offs. On the other hand, some replica Eames chairs have been hailed as even better than the originals, offering increased versatility and the option to customise the colours of your purchase to fit your tastes and the design of your home or office.
The Eames Lounge Chair has long been an icon of usability and style. You’ve seen it so many times that you don’t even realise it. Now you’ve come to understand why it’s so popular, maybe it’s time you started paying it a bit more attention.
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