MYTHILO Vol. 5 // EAMES - LOUNGE CHAIR
Updated: Jun 7, 2022
Even if we wish it so much - there never was a Doc Brown that lets us travel back in time and unfortunately there is no DeLorean sports car any more (about which I will certainly comment in a separate post at some point). The past is irrevocably gone...
...if there wasn't this one exception: The Eames Lounge Chair! It is the epitome and lowest common denominator of mid-century design. It is mid-century design on four legs. Without reproach! You sit down and bang: silk pyjamas, whiskey and the sweet smell of pipe tobacco. Yes, that's how it was back then!
“Hey Rey, why don't we make a contemporary version of the old English club chair?”
With this question, Charles Eames initiated several years of development work on the Lounge Chair. The design was intended to satisfy the need for a large seating option while combining ultimate comfort with the highest quality materials and workmanship. With the 1956 chair, Charles & Ray Eames set new standards: not only is it lighter, more elegant and more modern than the clunky club chairs, it is also more comfortable. And when I write comfortable, I mean comfortable. In order to lend even more weight to this seemingly banal description, I would like to mention at this point that I don't sleep a wink on the plane, even after a nice bottle of Chateau Pétrus. (Next time I could try two bottles, but then the wine would be more expensive than the flight in First Class.) If, on the other hand, I sit down on the eames lounge chair - bang!: 50s and good night!
With these prerequisites the Lounge Chair advanced to one of the most famous designs of Charles and Ray Eames and to a classic of modern furniture history. Lounge Chair - glad that you exist. And yes, you too Ottoman!
I love you both!