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60th Anniversary of the Iconic Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames

In 1956, the Lounge Chair and the accompanying Ottoman were created by Charles and Ray Eames, for the Herman Miller Company. These pieces are important classic examples of design, still on display at MOMA, New York. 60 years later, Vitra has introduced a limited edition of these pieces, which will be available from 1st November 2016, to 31st January 2017, proving the Lounge chair an icon of modern design.

In 1956, the Lounge Chair and the accompanying Ottoman were created by Charles and Ray Eames, for the Herman Miller Company. These pieces are important classic examples of design, still on display at MOMA, New York. 60 years later, Vitra has introduced a limited edition of these pieces, which will be available from 1st November 2016, to 31st January 2017, proving the Lounge chair an icon of modern design.

Stoff Twill / Winterpromotion 2016
Stoff Twill / Winterpromotion 2016

When the designers created the Lounge chair, they not only wanted to make a traditional British chair, but also to build the most comfortable chair ever. They added more adjectives to the piece: soft, elegant, smart and fashionable. Furthermore, all options are made with high quality materials by a skilled labour force. The design style focuses on the aluminium body and how it joins the backrest to the headrest, creating an integrated chair. The Ottoman, though a separate piece, complements the chair perfectly.

Charles Eames was an American architect and designer (1907-1978) who was married to Ray. Together they started to design furniture. Both were pioneers in the use of new materials like resin and fibreglass to make their chairs.

Stoff Twill / Winterpromotion 2016
Stoff Twill / Winterpromotion 2016

Vitra is a Swiss family-owned company, and represents groundbreaking 20th century design. They offer their products to important architects and designers worldwide. They have their own Foundation (more than 80 years old), and a museum (Vitra Design Museum) where there are several exhibitions about design and architecture, all year round.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of production in 2016, Vitra is now offering a fabric-covered Lounge Chair Twill and Ottoman, marked with a corresponding label and come with a ’60 Years in Production’ certificate.  This limited edition is available from 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017 at selected Vitra dealers. Check out your nearest dealer here.

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