Approaching Design: Eames Lounge Chair

October 22nd, 2010

The Eames Lounge chair is perhaps one of the greatest chairs of all time. I’ve mentioned the chair quite a few times in the past when it appeared in some of the architecture posts. If you’re not familiar with the chair already, it was designed by the husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames. Originally the two designed the chair as a gift for a director by the name of Billy Wilder. There wasn’t much to the chair, but the goal was for the chair to feel lean and have a sense of playfulness and the sophistication of modern living.

During the team’s initial approach to projects, they asked themselves questions that every one of us should ask before and during projects:

Does the design truly interest and intrigue us or its viewers?

If you’re not doing something interesting, intriguing or innovative, then what is it that you’re doing, because those are a few of the keys to successful projects.

Can we make it better?

If you can make it better, don’t settle, just do it. Nike says it and, well, they just do it. I’m currently building a project that would normally take a team of oxen to do, but I’m just doing it.

Are we having fun while designing it?

It’s quite evident by the work of Charles and Ray Eames that they enjoyed what their work. Quite frankly every project we do, we should too. If you’re doing a project that isn’t enjoyable, don’t do it. Please don’t do it. More than once I’ve found myself on projects that weren’t enjoyable and I’ve made it a point to not do projects that aren’t enjoyable. You should too.

More stunning images of the chair after the jump.

Posted by on 10/22/10 in Creativity & Thinking, Mid Century

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  2. thehalvo says:

    such an epic piece of furniture.

  3. Wanken, you always find the most sexy images of classic, iconic investment pieces such as the Eames Lunge Chair….love your work buddy!

  4. Kevin says:

    always been obsessed with this chair. so comfortable.

    i have a Plycraft version (camel) in decent condition (a friend was throwing it out!!!). looks very similar to this one (

    it doesnt have the reclining mechanism or the original legs. anyone have a lead on where i can get replacement parts for it?

  5. Shelby White says:

    Kevin, you might try here: The site is bad but it looks like they have links to other places.

  6. rick vanderleek says:

    the eames’ also design the chaise lounge for billy wilder & his short naps. it’s fabulous. we have one in our office.

  7. rent says:

    Not sure if anyone has seen this, but there’s a Antiques Roadshow UK episode where they interviewed one of the appraisers who had a story about his experience with this Eames chair. He said he was in an airport in LA one time, in the 70’s or around then, and a man offered him the chair for free to take it off his hands because he couldn’t fit it on the plane. The appraiser realized what he was being offered, but also couldn’t take the chair because he was going on a flight as well…but as he explains, later he learned that the chair could fully breakdown to the size of a suitcase and so hugely regretted not accepting the offer. How about that for sad a story?

  8. Shelby White says:


    Rent, thanks for sharing that story. I would have been very disappointed to find that out after. But now that I know that the chair can break down, I’ll remember that if I’m ever offered one ;).

  9. Kevin says:

    @shelby. thanks. ill check that out.

  10. Thanks for sharing this intresting article. We love The Eames Lounge Chair, it is truly a master piece of beauty and style.

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  13. ROBBE says:

    where i can provide this lounge chair in france

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