Charles and Ray Eames lived with their furniture and designed utilities for daily convenience and entertainment. While working on a piece of living room furniture for example it was very likely that you found a prototype of it in the living area of their own house. That is probably the secret behind the winning nature of their designs. They are thought of by enthusiastic people and appreciated by many.
Particularly their chairs are renowned design classics today and cross our path regularly. Very often when a TV or movie set requires a look from the 50s or 60s a Charles Eames chair is selected. And yet you might encounter them in a regular home and not find them striking you as ‘retro’.
The Eames Lounge chair is a bit of a celebrity itself and frequently features on small and big screens around the world.
The plywood seat shell is a remainder from earlier design projects, its parts joined by shock absorbent rubber parts. The luxurious leather upholstery is almost a contrast to the down-to-earth shell. Even the armrests are fully upholstered. With the lounge chair and matching ottoman one can enjoy even the most boring match on TV.
In 1948 Ray Eames expressed her artistic nature beautifully with the La Chaise plastic chair. Although the couple apparently shared an emancipated work relationship Ray Eames is hardly ever mentioned individually. But this furniture classic, a contribution to the high profile “Low Cost Design” competition by the Museum of Modern Art, is mostly her design. Charles worked on another contribution to the same competition.
This chair is more sculpture than furniture. Although it is certainly comfortable its distinctive shape inspired by the sculpture of a female body is unique and stands apart. La Chaise is a statement.
The artist couple had a variation of a lounge chair in almost every furniture series. Indeed the Aluminium lounge chair was the starting point for the successful range of chairs. Initially they were designed as garden and leisure chairs for a house commissioned to Eero Saarinen.
When looking for design furniture the world of Charles and Ray Eames is always worth a look. Don’t miss it.