Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman


“The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman:  What part does the choice of luxury materials play in its continued success?”

This article studies the Modernist influences that played a part in the design of the Eames Lounge Chair and how movements such as the Arts and Crafts and the Bauhaus influenced the decision to use traditional, luxury materials in the design.  Through a retrospective look at the utilitarian origins of the chair, it is put into the context of the industrialisation of the Post-War world, where new technologies were beginning to be embraced, but also where people looked to the comfort and familiarity that can be found in tradition. 

Charles and Ray Eames’s socialist ideals are put under scrutiny by examining the conflicts of interest faced when designing a luxury commodity.  Arguments are given as to why the material choices were made, and how they can be justified by the promise of design longevity.  We can therefore look at the chair as a model of ‘good design’ and learn from the way appropriate, long-lasting materials were used, and apply this to contemporary design.  This article shows how the Lounge Chair and Ottoman exemplified the notion of ‘truth to materials’, and why this is such an important aspect of furniture design, and design in the wider sense.


Today I wanted to explore the Eames chair.  As pictured above these chairs are an old favourite that are becoming increasingly popular again in today’s interiors.

Ray and Charles Eames were known as the most famous design partners of the 20th Century.  Take a look of this You Tube clip to find out more about Ray and Charles Eames.

Every part, except for the wood had five layers: the outside leather upholstery, a thin cotton padding called batting, foam, the internal bent wood frame and the external bent wood frame.

I by no means am an expert on Eames Chairs or Ray and Charles Eames vast design portfolio but I do have a high appreciation and respect for their talented eye for design and manufacture or quality furniture.  If you would like to read more about the Eames’ design accomplishments see Eames Designs – a virtual encyclopedia of all things Eames.

I love the clean lines and simple modern stylistic design of their chairs.  As illustrated above these chairs translate well into modern interior spaces but can also work in traditional classic eclectic interior spaces.

Eames Lounge Chair Restoration

Eames Chair and Ottoman Replica Restoration

About a year and a half ago, I had purchased an Eames Lounge Chair replica from a second hand shop here in Seattle. It was in relatively decent shape, cheap, the leather was original/real and the wood was not splitting or delaminated at all. Still, it needed some love. I didn’t know much about restoring furniture, upholstery, or many other minor, but necessary, aspects in renovating this chair. But, what I did know was that I REALLY wanted one, and that I could never afford a new or original model.

When I first started this restoration, I didn’t have a real camera, nor did I have the shop space I do now. So this Blog may have gaps or steps with little or no imagery. Sorry, but again, I will try to include as much as possible. Also for the material purchased, I went to Pacific Fabric, which is really close to my house here in seattle.

Materials needed

4 yards of upholstery of your choice                                                                                       4 yards of batting                                                                                                                 4x6x2 sheet of polyurethane – x2 if you want both durometers of thickness                              1 24×17 sheet of black matte board (for backing of the armrests)                                         8 buttons and 4 ft of line to string them in                                                                                       1 pint of stain of your choice

Tools required/recommended

Staple gun – with a ridiculous amount of staples – easily used over 1000. EASILY                Hand Sander – trust me saves you a butt ton of time, just invest in it, its worth it.                   Gloves and sponge brushes for stain                                                                                       Screw driver                                                                                                                     Bondo – just in case you may need it for filling holes.

Manhattan Home Design Reviews

Manhattan Home Design has been making quality furniture available to customers since 2008! And with 10 years of

experience in the furniture niche, they’ve racked up a number of positive raves and

reviews from adoring customers everywhere. The Manhattan Home Design reviews on

their website boast about their excellent customer service, furniture selection, affordable

prices and more! The New York furniture store provides the best of Mid Century Modern

furniture replicas that look anything like a cheap replica. In fact, many of their pieces look

so good, they’ve often been mistaken for the real thing, allowing customers the chance to

own furniture pieces they love without having to break the bank for the real thing.

Many of the Manhattan Home Design reviews on their site detail how wonderful the furniture selection is and how the quality is unreal, looking totally like the original.

Many compliment the fact that the company provides clients with popular modern styles they would have never thought they’d be able to afford.

Their online reviews also detail the quality they provide in each of their products, such as their selection of Classic

Lounge Chairs and ottomans, which provide the perfect way to relax in style. Their Noguchi Coffee table that’s beautifully

designed and perfect for entertaining guests at home has also gotten amazing online

reviews from customers who simply love the stunning piece.

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