the caramel chair.
the grandmaster of armchairs: an eames lounge chair is the most comfortable thing the 20th century had to offer. charles & ray eames first introduced the „lounge chair + ottoman“ in 1956 as a more modern and even more comfortable variant of the well-known, but old-fashioned, deep-buttoned english clubchairs. for years, the couple had researched the possibilities and benefits of molded plywood – resulting in the (also very famous) lcw chair. the later lounge chair was visibly located in the high-price segment: the design was ultra-modern, the materials were ultra-luxurious.
today there are many eames lounge chairs around – after all, it’s still being produced. that doesn’t make the chair less beautiful, but it’s always something special to find more extraordinary vintage models. here we have a very special mid-60s lounge chair, completely restored by a vitra-certified restorer, newly upholstered and covered with a high class, super-soft & velvety natural leather. the colour is somewhere between the perfect cognac-tone and the top of a creme caramel dessert.
this armchair was produced in mid-1960 and at that time the cushions were still upholstered with down. down cushions tend to become „sat flat“ over the years, they feel „harder“, the seating comfort decreases. from the beginning of the 1970s, the down filling was replaced by cold foam that doesn’t compress: cushions always remain soft and comfortable. however, the crumpled down pillows look better than the cold foam pillows, which always seem a bit too pumped up. that’s why we worked hard with our restorer to develop a comfortable cold foam upholstery with a „soft crumpled pillow“ look. and we’re really satisfied with the outcome.
the seating shell is made of the classic ‚brazilian rosewood veneer‘, which has an exciting grain. the veneer has been skilfully crafted to create two „hearts“ in the upper part of the backrest. it comes with the legally required cites-certificate (convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora). there’s no ottoman – if needed, it would be possible to search for a matching one and reupholster it with the same leather accordingly.
good to know: although the lounge chair looks so compact and robust – its construction is delicate. it’s not advisable to lean on the backrest while standing behind the chair or to sit on the armrests (an inelegant habit anyway). both backrest and armrests are connected to the plywood of the seat shell via a metal bar and 3 rubber ’shockmounts‘, there’s no other supporting connection. under unforeseen heavy loads, these glued shockmounts could tear off. so better sit down right in the middle of luxury and enjoy the feeling of a warm hug.