An iconic piece of 50’s stye that is still a star today.
“The first Eames lounge chair and ottoman was made as a gift for Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot,” “Irma La Douce,” and “Sunset Blvd.” The heritage of the chair goes back to the molded plywood chairs pioneered by the Eameses in the 1940s. Charles Eames said his goal for the chair was that it be “a special refuge from the strains of modern living.”
It was my early aspiration to own several classic pieces of furniture. The Eames was pretty much as far as we got. Our’s is the real thing from Herman Miller with rosewood veneer. Rosewood is no longer available – not because you can’t get rosewood – but because Rosewood is not farmed and therefore using it is classified by Greenies as bad. If I ever want a second chair for cozy fireside chats with my wife, I will have to hit the resale marketplace. One works out beautifully because the chair is a piece of sculpture that owns the room. Two is overkill.
Charles and Ray Eames talk about design and introduces the Eames chair on the Home Show (a popular show about living in the 50’s – somewhere between Oprah and Martha Stewart in today’s terms.)