Superior quality furniture pieces almost always stand the test of time for many valid and diverse reasons. One of those most important reasons is almost always that they strike the perfect balance between function and style.
However, some particularly famous ones, such as the Eames Lounge Chair, were a few steps ahead of their time because, in addition to the aforementioned balance, they also offered a degree of ergonomics far superior to that of most similar chairs of the time.
After all, we are talking about 1956. It was the decade after the most devastating war humanity has ever faced. People needed to trust that the modern world could offer them many positive things.
Industries were living some kind of renaissance, and people’s lifestyle, in general, was accelerating. Modernism reigned because it was a living reflection of that new contemporary adult who needed efficient, comfortable solutions and that at the same time reflected their sense of taste, founded on simple and appealing elegance.
The great parents of this chair, Charles and Ray Eames took several years to perfect every detail to deliver a result that would be revolutionary. First up, they wanted to divide the structure’s piece into three parts or modules. Those modules were defined by the plywood veneers that would serve as support for the head, back, legs, and also the feet, thanks to the ottoman that was part of the whole design.
Besides, the sophisticated and innovative reclining system balanced on the five-legged star and the memory foam filling that gives consistency to each of these modules made the chair a highly coveted object.
Currently, some pieces such as the Eames Lounge Chair replica by Manhattan Home Design emulate with high fidelity the essential characteristics of the Eameses’ design, and it’s a reproduction whose price represents only a fraction of the value of the authentic product.