How to recognize a real Eames Lounge Chair
Portrait of Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are a couple of iconic designers of the 20th century. Far ahead of their time, they contributed to the democratization of designer furniture for the general public, in particular thanks to the invention of new industrial manufacturing techniques allowing mass production.
We owe them many iconic design pieces from the 1950s and 1960s combining comfort and ergonomics: the famous Lounge Chair, the DCW (Dining Chair Wood) or the armchair RAR (Rocking Armchair Rodbase).
What Charles Eames said about his chair:
“I felt like I was sitting in a used baseball glove, I looked for the idea of something that invited you to sit down. "
The story of the Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames Lounge Chair is sumptuous and luxurious. It has become an icon from its inception. This true masterpiece is made of foam, folded plywood and genuine leather.
Launched in 1956 and with increasing attendance in the United States, it is one of the most famous chairs of the couple Charles and Ray Eames. He is the true superstar of XNUMXth century American furniture.
How did Charles and Ray Eames design the Lounge Chair?
It seems that Charles and Ray Eames started working on the Lounge Chair prototype with materials like fiberglass or metal. But eventually they returned to folded plywood for more comfort and ergonomics.
The Eames have always sought to understand the simplest and most honest way to use modern materials.
But it is also the optimism of the American 20th century that radiates through this chair.
Charles and Ray Eames worked tirelessly on the design of the Lounge Chair. Never satisfied, until they get every detail right.
The material choices had to be perfect, the fittings inside the pads, the quality of the leather, the fact that it is padded leather so that the leather is curved and already prepared to conform to the body ...
The manufacturing process of the Eames Lounge Chair
The manufacturing process hasn't changed much in 50 years.
The Lounge Chair and the ottoman (the footrest) are still made mostly by hand.
Manufacturing begins with the choice of high-end leathers. It is laid out and examined to correct all the tiniest imperfections. The "defects" (insect scars, all types of defects) are marked by a red band which is then measured by a computer scanner.
The scanner then measures the best way to cut the skin. The patterns can be automatically nested or placed avoiding all the defects notified by the red bands. The same machine also cuts the leather creating all the patronage pieces.
For the cushions, there is no automation here, it's all about craftsmanship.
Craftsmen sew meticulously and start by sewing the arms of the chair, then the cushions are mounted by upholsterers.
The foam buttons are hand sewn using strong thread. Each cushion is padded with a button that "pre-pleats" the material and softens it.
The Eames Lounge Chair today
Even today, the Lounge Chair by Eames is a true icon.
The Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair has been and still is an outstanding bestseller with continued production virtually unchanged for over 50 years.
Fifty-five years later, the Lounge Chair by Eames is still a contemporary object of envy today.