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A rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New...
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A rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The set was a gift of the Herman Miller Company.

The Eameses constantly made use of new materials. The pair’s first plywood chair — the Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW)—made use of a heavy rubber washer glued to the backrest of the chair and screwed to the lumbar support. These washers, which have come to be called ‘shock mounts’, allow the backrest to flex slightly. This technology was brought back in the 670 Lounge chair. The backrest and headrest are screwed together by a pair of aluminum supports. This unit is suspended on the seat via two connection points in the armrests.

The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.

Charles and Ray Eames

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Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames
A timeless classic, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman was introduced in 1956. At the time, there was nothing like it—and all these years later, that’s still the case. It’s no wonder the design has been in high demand and continuous production ever since.





The armrests are screwed to shock mounts which are connected only via glue to the interior of the backrest shell, allowing the backrest and headrest to flex when the chair is in use. This is part of the chair’s unusual design, as well as its weakest link. The shock mounts have been known to tear free causing catastrophic collapse and damage.

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