Lounge Chair

Charles & Ray Eames, 1956

  • 'Why don't we make an updated version of the old English club chair?' With this comment, Charles Eames initiated the development of the Lounge Chair, a process that took several years.The aim was to satisfy the desire for an amply proportioned chair that combined ultimate comfort with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. With the design of this armchair in 1956, Charles and Ray Eames set new standards: it is not only lighter, more elegant and more modern than the conventionally ponderous club chair – it is also more comfortable. Thanks to these qualities, the Lounge Chair became one of the most famous designs of Charles and Ray Eames and has attained the status of a classic in the history of modern furniture.

    The Lounge Chair is now available from Vitra in two sizes: with classic dimensions and with new, larger dimensions. Furthermore, the various combinations of leather upholstery covers, wooden shells and bases are now joined by a white edition and a black edition of the Lounge Chair with corresponding details.

    Since the Lounge Chair first went into production, average human height has increased worldwide by nearly 10 cm. In close coordination with the Eames Office, Vitra developed the new larger version so that taller people, too, can enjoy the same exceptional comfort that Charles and Ray Eames intended with their original 1956 design.

    Vitra has produced the Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames using the same manufacturing methods since the 1950s. In consultation with the Eames Office, Vitra expanded the selection in 2015 to include new combinations of carefully coordinated leather upholstery colours, wood veneers and bases.

  • Leather Premium (Lounge Chair classic version)

    72 snow

    61 umbra grey

    66 nero

    77 brown

    68 chocolate

    69 marron

    87 plum

    93 brandy

    Leather Grand (Lounge Chair classic version)

    72 snow

    66 nero

    68 chocolate

    77 brown

    Seat and back shell (Lounge Chair classic version)


    05 santos palisander

    45 black pigmented walnut

    Base (Lounge Chair classic version)

    01 chrome

    03 aluminium polished

    03/12 aluminium polished/deep black powder-coated (smooth)

    Leather Premium (Lounge Chair white version)

    74 olive

    73 clay

    72 snow

    Leather Grand (Lounge Chair white version)

    72 snow

    Seat and back shell (Lounge Chair white version)

    white pigmented walnut

    Base (Lounge Chair white version)

    03 aluminium polished

    Leather Premium (Lounge Chair black version)

    67 asphalt

    66 nero

    68 chocolate

    Seat and back shell (Lounge Chair black version)

    68 black ash

    Base (Lounge Chair black version)

    12 deep black powder-coated (smooth)

    Seat and back: moulded plywood, different face veneers. Standard version in cherry, santos palisander (certified sustainability) or walnut with a black pigmented finish. White version: walnut with a white pigmented finish. Black version: ash with a black lacquer finish.
    Upholstery/cover: removable cushions, covers in Premium or Grand leather, black version only in Premium leather.

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Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.
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