Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman by MoMA Design Storen is made of molded 7-ply veneered plywood and is upholstered in top-grain brown leather entirely by hand.
The purpose of the creation of this chair is “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Swaths of top-grain leather and sleek veneered plywood work hand in glove to create a seat set that has come to symbolize style, comfort, and sophistication that appeal to the contemporary taste for mid-century modern furniture.
Their lounge chair and ottoman take full advantage of the malleability and ergonomic potential of molded plywood. Three curved plywood shells compose the chair, topped with padded leather cushions that let the user melt into the design. The seat pivots on a five-pronged base, and an ottoman of similar design transform the chair into a recliner when in use. The set borrows an additional innovation from their original plywood chairs, rubber “shock mounts,” which allows the backrest and headrest to flex with the weight of the user.
The iconic design of the chair is revered as one the designers’ most distinguished contributions to the mid-century modern canon.