Charles and Ray Eames were a husband-and-wife design duo that worked mostly
during the mid-twentieth century, with their most famous work being the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, California. The Eames duo is also well known for their industrial design, graphic design and filmmaking. They designed many different furniture pieces over their lifetimes and also developed different furniture-building techniques, such as manufacturing fiberglass furniture, plastic resin chairs and wire mesh chairs.
“Charles explained that the designers wanted
it to have the ‘warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman were created in 1956. The original versions of
the chair were crafted from five thin layers of plywood which were then covered by a
veneer of Brazilian rosewood. Examples of the chair are part of the permanent
collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
When they were conceptualizing the chair, Charles explained that the designers wanted
it to have the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” As Charles and
Ray’s home provided the backdrop for the couple’s gracious hosting of a famously
eclectic group of friends and associates, providing “a special refuge from the strains of
modern living,” so too the lounge chair and ottoman were conceived to provide
welcoming comfort to the body.