12 Jan
The Eames' debut one of the most iconic furniture pieces of all time


This a great two-part video of Charles and Ray Eames debuting to the world their watershed Lounge and Ottoman — arguably the most famous chair in furniture design history. Created for Herman Miller, Charles said the idea was to design a chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Mission accomplished.

Filmed in 1956 for Arlene Francis’ Home show on NBC, part one shows the House of Cards the Eames built from items around their household, as well as Charles discussing working on Billy Wilder’s film The Spirit of St. Louis (in which he did some second unit directing). Then part two shows the momentous unveiling of what has to be the most famous ottoman on Planet Earth. You gotta love YouTube for unearthing pivotal moments like this…cool stuff…

Rosewood plywood + black leather + down + Eames = timeless.

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