670 Chair and 671 Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames 1956
Modern Furniture Design Profile
Originally this chair and ottoman concept were conceived for Bill Wilder and presumed to have a short run production as it was a very expensive set, but because of it’s great innovative design and comfort it changed the way we view lounge chairs and was one of the Eames’s best retail success stories.
The concept of the chair was to create a well used warm and comfortable first baseman’s mitt.
This was achieved by using foam rubber and down filled button upholstery. The buttoning held the leather surface folds. The seat and back were molded plywood shells of Rosewood timber veneer.
The base was five prong cast aluminum which enabled the chair to sit in any position without looking off center.
The headrest was fixed to the back with aluminum connectors.
The Ottoman base had a four prong cast aluminum base that was fixed, unlike the chair which swiveled on it’s base.
This chair saw the Eames’s move from their objective of designing low cost furniture.
This piece suits the living room and also works well in any study of office situation.
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La Chaise A must view, intriguing design that looks more like a sculpture than a piece of furniture.
LCW Chair Simple wooden lounge chair in it’s form and yet comfortable to sit on.
Walnut Stools Their turned design creates a simple form with the timber graining adding the original decorative element.
Plywood Table Similar in design form to the LCW chair.
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