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designer: Eames, Charles and Ray
design year: 1956
description: Everything about the Eames lounge chair is extraordinary. What other chair ever had a public debut on national television (the “Today Show”)? What other chair was ever so immediately admired—and copied? What other chair has ever remained so contemporary—and comfortable—nearly 40 years after its introduction? Probably the most widely recognized of all the Eames furniture designs, the Eames lounge chair occupies a favored place in thousands of living rooms, studies, libraries, and dens—as well as in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Charles Eames’s aspirations for the chair were less lofty. He wanted it to have “the warm receptive look of a well used first baseman’s mitt.” The first lounge chair was a birthday gift for friend Billy Wilder, the Academy Award-winning film director. Every lounge chair and accompanying ottoman manufactured since then has received the same meticulous hand-crafted attention. Every one is a handsome refuge from the strains of modern living.