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The Eames Lounge Chair - An Icon of Modern Design

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design

 |  by Senay TOPCUOGLU
Lounge Chair and Ottoman1
Charles and Ray Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company,
Zeeland, Michigan, 1956 to present

The Eames Lounge Chair : An Icon of Modern Design
May 18 - September 3, 2006
The Museum of Arts and Design

The culmination of Charles and Ray Eames's experimentation in molded plywood, the 1955 Eames Lounge Chair represents the epitome of both modernist style and luxurious comfort. The exhibition examines this icon of modern design through a dynamic installation including prototype models, drawings, advertisements, and an "exploded" version of the chair that breaks down its components.

Lounge Chair and Ottoman5

Through these materials, the Eames Lounge Chair will be fully explored in terms of its technical design, production, and promotion. Examples of other Eames designs will provide a context for the profound impact of this classic chair on subsequent furniture and its lasting legacy fifty years later.

Lounge Chair and Ottoman4

In an advertisement from 1961, Herman Miller Furniture Company, the manufacturer of the Eames Lounge Chair, posed the question, "Why so much fuss over a chair?" This is precisely the question that The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design will answer by examining how this construction in molded-plywood, leather, and metal has come to take on iconic status in the world of modern design.

The exhibition is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum in cooperation with Herman Miller.

Lounge Chair and Ottoman2
Charles and Ray Eames,
Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed 1956,
"Component Blowup" for design installation 2005
Molded plywood, black leather upholstery, aluminum
Designed by Vince Faust, INvironments
Herman Miller, Inc.

Charles Ray Eames Untitled
Charles and Ray Eames,
Untitled (sculpture), 1943
Molded plywood
37 x 26 inches
Eames Foundation

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