When it comes to lavishly decorating your home, we all like to centre our attention on the furniture which we choose to adorn the rooms of our property. So far as luxury is concerned, it really doesn’t get much more luxurious than the frankly stunning Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman (pictured above in breath-taking black leather).
Charles Eames was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and respected furniture designers and the lounge chair and ottoman were unquestionably one of the American designer’s most iconic pieces of furniture and came to typify his body of furniture design. Eames was a designer who was considerably ahead of his time and the fact that his eye-catching lounge chair and ottoman look just as great in today’s modern-style properties as they did when he originally designed them over half a century ago, is surely testament to this.
Regardless of the style of property that you have, be it classical or contemporary, there will definitely be a room in your home that will welcome a Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman because it is the sort of furniture that can dovetail with more or less any style of decoration. Eames originally designed the piece as a gift for the 50th birthday of his friend, the movie director Billy Wilder, but it soon became clear that the piece was destined for a much wider market, such was its visual appeal and unparalleled comfort.
Charles Eames was a fearless designer who was responsible for some of the most ground-breaking pieces of designer furniture of the 20th century, and was one of the main catalysts for the modernist movement in furniture design. Though he is often solely credited for his work, Charles Eames invariably worked alongside his wife, Ray, who was his inspiration for a large number of pieces that he was responsible for creating.
Many of Eames’ designs can be found in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), including the lounge chair and ottoman, and the enduring popularity of this seminal piece truly is testament to how revolutionary Eames was as a designer. He wasn’t alone in shaping the face of furniture design and alongside his contemporaries like Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Aarnio and Hans Wegner, he utterly changed the way in which people thought about and approached the process of furniture design.
One of the 20th century’s finest artisans, Eames dedicated his life to creating functional, stylish and luxurious pieces of designer furniture and we have a lot to thank the inspirational designer for, because his timeless pieces still light up the interior design endeavours of thousands of people the world over to this day. Few pieces of furniture have become as synonymous with interior design as Eames’ beautifully crafted pieces and they remain a style staple in all the look-books of the world’s leading interior design specialists – and for good reason.
You can find a selection of Charles Eames furniture at Swivel UK.