The plywood revolution

Whats so special about plywood I hear you say?
Well the methods pioneered by Charles & Ray Eames in the 1950’s changed the whole definition of modern furniture.

Charles & Ray Eames, 1956

 The Eames Lounger and Ottoman whose design was born out a desire to create a modern version of the old English club armchair is a classic that is as beautiful today as it was in the 50’s. The Hollywood director Billy Wilder (1906 -2002) drove on the Eames’ design process for this chair – “the motivation behind most of the things we’ve done was either that we wanted them for ourselves, or we wanted to give them to someone else” said Charles Eames. 

For me this chair and ottoman have formed part of an obsession since I first saw it in the Georges Pompidou gallery in Paris as a child. The beauty, luxury and comfort of this chair have endured in my mind since that day in a further encapsulation of why its become such an enduring icon of modern design. Just don’t let your cat scratch it! 


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  1. Pingback: The Eames LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) | I Spyer

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