Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Introduced by two of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames, the Herman Miller Eames Lounge chair has remained a modern design icon for over 60 years, setting an enduring standard for comfort and elegance. Lean and modern, playful and functional, sleek, sophisticated and beautifully simple, it epitomizes the “Eames look.” This is a chair that fits practically anywhere in your home, from the living room to the office, and in Charles' words, functions as “a special refuge from the strains of modern living.”
The most important aspect of the Eames Lounge Chair is undoubtedly how comfortable it is. The designers wanted the chair to have “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt,” and in this regard the chair's aesthetic of comfort differed from the prevailing Spartan look of other modernist furniture of that era and still sets it apart today. Some of the chair's distinctive features include:
- Flexing headrest and backrest
- 7-layer plywood frame/shell with cherry, walnut or Palisander veneer
- 6-in. thick urethane foam Cushions upholstered with rich leather
- Die-cast aluminum back/bottom supports, die-cast aluminum swivel base
The timeless look of the Eames Lounge chair has earned it a spot in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it makes a distinctive, luxurious addition to your home and office.
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Eames Lounge has a 5-year Warranty
Our Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman come with a 5-year Herman Miller warranty.
This warranty is a promise that the Eames Lounge Chair lives up to the highest standards in the industry. If for some reason the chair fails to live up to this standard, Herman Miller will ship and repair it at no cost to you.
To learn more read the Herman Miller Warranty (PDF).
Features of the Eames® Lounge Chair
A modern design icon for over 60 years, the timeless Eames Lounge chair from Herman Miller has set an enduring standard for comfort and elegance. Sophisticated and beautifully simple, this Mid-century classic fits practically anywhere in your home and functions, in Charles Eames' words, as “a special refuge from the strains of modern living.” The chair is composed of 3 curved plywood shells whose edges and surfaces are hand finished to a smoothed perfection. All pieces are hand assembled: cushions are individually upholstered and replaceable; back cushions are interchangeable; shock mounts are resilient natural rubber. 40 leather and wood combinations are available.
Flexing headrest and backrest
The backrest and headrest are screwed together by a pair of aluminum supports and 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.
Durable 7-layer plywood frame/shell
Shells are 7-ply cherry, natural cherry, walnut, or Santos Palisander, a richly grained veneer that looks like the Brazilian rosewood used on the original chair but is a sustainable tropical wood.
Rich leather upholstery covers the 6-in. thick urethane foam cushions. The chair itself is set at a comfortable 15-degree angle to evenly distribute the sitter's weight.
Die-cast aluminum swivel base
The 5-star base and the back/bottom supports offer high performance and stability.
Stainless steel glides
The feet of the chair are adjustable to compensate for any irregularities on the floor surface.
All veneers used now on the chair and ottoman are from sustainably managed forests. We use 24% recycled materials in our chair and ottoman, which are 29% recyclable.
About the Designers: Charles & Ray Eames
“Design is the appropriate combination of materials in order to solve a problem.”
— Charles Eames
Best known today for their pioneering contributions to the fields of architecture, manufacturing and furniture design, Charles and Ray Eames are considered to be among the most important American designers of the 20th century.
Renowned throughout the world as the creators of the sleek and elegant Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, influential Aluminum Group chairs, innovative Wire chair and ubiquitous Molded Plastic Armchair, the Eameses began their career and earned their exalted spot on the list of great designers with the introduction in 1946 of the Molded Plywood Lounge (aka the LCW) chair, which was called “the chair of the century” by Time magazine. The enduring appeal of this highly sculptural chair has made it, along with the Eames Lounge chair, a part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as a continuing source of inspiration for contemporary furniture designers.
The design philosophy that propelled their creations into superstardom was more than merely about creating a look — the Eames set their sights on creating a better world by designing furniture that fulfilled the practical needs of ordinary people. Good design, they believed, could improve the actual quality of people’s lives. Their work was aimed not merely at aesthetic appeal and charm; their designs aspired to match the contours of the human body, resulting in chairs as comfortable as they were beautiful.
Refined, highly functional office furniture was created in the 1960s, as well as seating designed for Dulles and O'Hare Airports. This Tandem Sling Seating is still in use in airports around the world today.
Throughout their careers, the Eameses never hesitated to tweak and improve their world-famous designs, experimenting with slightly modified angles and seat sizes, expanded color and even material options, all in the name of making good designs ever better.
Discussing the ethos of functionalism that informed all of the Eameses’ furniture designs, Ray Eames said: “What works is better than what looks good. The ‘looks good’ can change, but what works, works!”
About the Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Founded in 1923 and recognized today throughout the world as an innovator in office and residential furniture design, Herman Miller has been ranked since 1986 among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the 500 most admired companies. Their pioneering research into producing environmentally responsible furniture has earned them GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of their products. Aesthetically, many of Herman Miller’s iconic designs, particularly from the 1940s and 1950s, are valuable collector’s items and on permanent display in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1933, new furniture designs created by Herman Miller designer Gilbert Rohde exhibiting the smooth lines and unembellished shapes of the emerging mid-century modern furniture style were exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1944, Rohde’s successor George Nelson designed such enduring icons as the Platform bench, and was famously responsible for teaming the company with such influential design artists as Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames. Charles Eames, widely regarded as a genius in contemporary furniture design, produced one of Herman Miller’s most successful products in 1956, the elegant Eames Lounge chair. In 1994, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf introduced a new office chair called Aeron (derived from the word aeration, which describes how the mesh suspension promotes comfort), which became an immediate worldwide success and earned a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as well. Today, Herman Miller continues to attract world-famous designers like Jeff Weber, Jerome Caruso, the Studio 7.5 Design Team in Berlin, Yves Behar, Mark Goetz and many more.
If the purpose of design is to solve problems, and the relationship between design and business is synergistic, then Herman Miller today continues to be in the vanguard of design as a fundamental part of strategic planning.
Dimensions & Measurements
- Lounge Height: 32”
- Lounge Width: 32.75”
- Lounge Depth: 32.75”
- Ottoman Height: 17.25”
- Ottoman Width: 32.75”
- Ottoman Depth: 21.5”