12 Reasons We Still Want an Eames Lounge Chair

Dana Covit

First introduced by celebrated midcentury furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman came from a desire to create a chair that possessed, in their own words,  “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Little did the husband-and-wife design duo know that their creation would become one of the most recognizable and classic pieces of all time. In continuous production and demand since its release, the Eames Lounge Chair pairs soft, gets-better-with-age leather with the sleek, striking form of molded wood. It’s a piece that adds design oomph to any space—whether the overall look is avant-garde modern, relaxed and bohemian, or all-around retro. Read on for 12 reasons why the iconic design continues to top our most-coveted list.

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