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Armchair - Lounge Chair
  • Lounge Chair
    Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978
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Lounge Chair

  • Object:

    Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    Zeeland (Michigan) (made)

  • Date:

    1953-1955 (designed)
    1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
    Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
    Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Laminated rosewood on steel base with down and foam-filled leather upholstery

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.67-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Charles Eames. Born 1907, Saint Louis USA. Architect and Designer. Armchair 670. Designed 1955. Laminated rosewood on metal swivel base with down and foam filled leather upholstery.
Christies 1984--Designed by Charles Eames, 1956 and manufactured by Herman Miller. The rounded rectangular back and seat moulded in three sections and upholstered in brown hide, on swivel, five pronged aluminium base.
Bonhams 2006—upholstered in black leather, moulded plywood frame with rosewood veneer swivel aluminium base, ottoman with cherrywood veneer.

Place of Origin

Zeeland (Michigan) (made)

Date

1953-1955 (designed)
1955 (made)

Artist/maker

Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Laminated rosewood on steel base with down and foam-filled leather upholstery

Dimensions

Width: 33.5 in, Depth: 33.5 in, Height: 32.5 in

Object history note

Notes on object from: Hollis, R. 1970. Modern Chairs:1918-1970. The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
"The next (670) chair was to continue even more markedly the trend towards use as the primary consideration. Eames, in fact, started by asking the question; which material provides the most comfortable resilience, and which upholstery allows this resilience to be most effective as well as having comfortable, perhaps even luxurious tactile properties? The answer was down-filled leather, and it is such a combination fastened to moulded plywood shells which makes the Lounge Chair. Equally significant to architecture has been Eames’s demonstration in furniture design…that ‘what for’ is fundamentally a more interesting question than ‘how’ and moreover with the great technological choice open, the most appropriate. In this sense Eames’s furniture contributes more to design thinking than ‘plug-in’, being based on an attitude more appropriate to the present high level of technology. Like the design of spacecraft, it starts from a performance specification and not the random exploitation of the seemingly possible. Michael Brawne: ‘The Wit of Technology’ Architectural Design September 1966"

Descriptive line

Charles Eames. Born 1907, Saint Louis USA. Architect and Designer. Armchair 670. Designed 1955. Laminated rosewood on metal swivel base with down and foam filled leather upholstery.

Materials

Rosewood; Steel; Leather

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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