All About the Vintage Eames Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are furnishings made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. They are officially titled Eames Lounge and Ottoman and were released in 1956 after years of development by designers.

The Eames Lounge Chair is an icon of modern style design, although when it was first made, Ray Eames remarked in a letter to Charles that the chair looked “comfortable and un-designy”.

Charles’s vision was for a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used baseball mitt. The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells covered with veneer headrest, backrest, and bottom of the seat.

A 1956 rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.