Charles & Ray Eames: Power Couple

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Charles & Ray Eames are two names that are synonymous with Modernist architectural and interior design. During an era when form often trumped function, the Eameses were always cognizant to focus their efforts on creating designs of enduring quality that were as comfortable to interact with as they were easy on the eyes. An excellent example of this fact is in the world-famous Eames House, an avant-garde Modernist housing design that Charles and Ray Eames built in 1949. While most Modernist houses of this era are famously barren and inhospitable, the Eames house is equally renowned for its homey, lived-in feel. As a matter of fact, both Charles and Ray lived and worked in the Eames House from its construction until their deaths, in 1978 and 1988, respectively.

Perhaps there is no better example of their commitment to comfortable, human-centered design than their enduring classic, the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman. Though it has since become an icon of modern design, it is worth noting that, at the time of its introduction, it was somewhat out of keeping with Modernist aesthetic sensibilities. Ray Eames once remarked to Charles that it looked “comfortable and un-designy.” Charles himself envisioned a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” These were remarkable sentiments in an era remembered for its cold, hard geometries of bare steel and concrete.

In retrospect, it is easy to see that the Eameses’ seemingly-unconventional approach to design has served their legacy well. The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman have been in continuous production for over half a century, with vintage originals fetching high prices at auction, and gracing the halls of such respected institutions as the New York Museum of Modern Art.

You can purchase our stunning and faithful reproduction of the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman by visiting Manhattan Home, or even come in and relax in one yourself in our Manhattan showroom:

325 West 38th St. Suite 404
Manhattan, NY 10018

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