They are models 670 (lounge chair) and 671 (ottoman), a luxury chair and matching stool, commissioned by Herman Miller and released in 1956. The Eames lounge chair and the ottoman were actually available to buy separately but always recommended together to ensure they would be entirely matching. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman has gone on to become one of the most well known and desirable furniture designs ever and has been in continuous production since it was launched.
Many a legend has been written about the origins of the design of the Eames Lounge Chair. Some stories indicate Charles wanted the chair to 'fit like a baseball glove' whilst others say he wanted the look and feel of a 'gentleman's club chair'. Whichever story is to be believed, one thing is certainly true, the combination of beautifully crafted rosewood, luxurious Scottish leather and down filling fully fits the luxurious tag and justifies the considerable cost of the piece through the decades.
The chair is one of the most complex pieces in terms of its construction. It is comprised of 20 major separate components and was one of the Eames Office’s first ‘expensive’ articles, moving away from the mass produced low cost furniture such as the fiberglass series. The final version had roots in previous plywood experimentation at the Eames Office by Charles, Don Albinson and Harry Bertoia during the 1940's.
The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman has stood the test of time and indeed the changes of tastes in fashion and furniture through the decades. Over the years the Herman Miller lounge chair has been produced in many beautiful real wood veneers, high quality leathers and fabrics.
2010 saw the launch of a 'tall version' being slightly larger and higher, to accommodate the ever changing sizes of the population. This new version has proven to be a popular successor and is available side by side with the classic version.
|Seat height||15”||38.10 cm|
|Seat height||17.25”||43.82 cm|
The tall version of the lounge chair adds 1.75" to the overall height making it 34.50" Tall. It also adds half an inch to the seat height of the chair.
|Frame||Die-cast Aluminium finished in Black baked enamel, now also available in white baked enamel finish|
|Paneling||Originally Rosewood, now finished in Walnut, Cherry, Santos Palisander, White Oak and Ebony Ash|
|Cushions||Originally goose down feathers enclosed in a choice of Leather, Vinyl or fabric later changed to foam filling|
Generations were never intended as definitive moments of change in a product. They came about naturally, as a product developed and improved through the years. For this reason all generations of all products are certainly open to interpretation as to what even constitutes one. The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman is certainly no exception as this amazing design did go through some changes. So why do we define a generation? We do so in order to help us age a piece and ultimately value it.
See also our pictorial Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman guide.