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Eames Chair: A True Gentleman’s Armchair

Gentleman's Armchair

Read up and learn a brief history of the eames chair and what makes it a true gentleman’s armchair.

Your home says a lot more about you than you think. For instance, your level of organization can predict how conservative you are. Or the color of your front door can predict how outgoing you are. 

Your furniture says a lot about you too. Did you choose pieces that are cheap, luxury, sleek with clean lines, or super plush? 

One chair that is famous the world over for being the epitome of style and class is the Eames chair. Just watch any movie where there is a well off gentleman that you would call dapper. 

Keep reading to learn what made the Eames chair what it is today. 

Charles and Ray Eames 

Two of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames are best known for their furniture design, photography, and architecture. The couple married in 1941 and moved to California, where they focused on creating pieces by molding plywood. 

The United States Navy commissioned them during World War II to create molded plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells. In 1946 they began to produce molded plywood furniture. 

Evans Products initially handled production. It was quickly taken over by Herman Miller Inc though. They continue to produce the Eames chair and many other pieces to this day. 

In 1949 they decided to design and build a home in the Pacific Palisades area of California. To this day, the home is considered to be one of the most important post-war residences anywhere in the world. Achrictures and designers consider the home a mecca due to its innovative use of materials and overall design.

The Origin of the Eames Chair 

The story of how the iconic chair came about originates from Charles and Ray visiting their friend Billy Wilder on film sets. The famous director would push together whatever he could to create a makeshift lounge chair. 

The jerry-rigged setup inspired the duo to create what they call “a special refuge from the strains of modern living”. Their goal was achieved as it received high praise at its debut. 

It first appeared in Arlene Francis’ home show in 1956. She called the Eames “quite a departure” from the couple previous work. The chair was likened to the warm and receptive look of a man’s first baseball mitt. 

The Chair and Hollywood 

The chair looks like a modern take on the traditional English gentleman’s club chair. It has luxury wood veneer on the molded plywood and plush leather cushioning. 

Hollywood fell in love and wanted to use this chair as the perfect signal of class and elegance. It has since been a necessary part of the home and office decor in countless tv shows and movies. 

Tony Stark had one in Iron Man 2. Frasier had one in his apartment. There was an all white one in Tron Legacy. The chair was beautifully reupholstered with Missoni fabric for its appearance in Gossip Girl. 

There was even an animated version of the chair in the show Archer. 

Get Your Own Eames Chair

What better way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the world than in your very own Eames chair? These days you have your choice of wood finishes and leather color. 

Add a bit of old school gentleman class to your home decor with your own Eames chair. 

For more tips and home decor ideas, be sure to check out our blog. 

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