When Birgitte von Halling-Koch was 15 years old, a special delivery from Vitra arrived at her childhood home in Copenhagen: an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. That was back in 1958, and it was one of the first Lounge Chairs in Scandinavia– if not the very first. A decade or so later, the family took the armchair from Denmark to their summer home in Sweden. Today Birgitte, her sister, brother and all the children and grandchildren share this house, which is where we met Birgitte.
Today Birgitte and her siblings are the owners of the Halling-Koch Design Center founded by their father. When not in Copenhagen, Birgitte also spends time working at the summer home in Sweden. Here, the Lounge Chair occupies a prominent place in front of the window, with a view of a lake dotted by many small islands. Over the decades, the black leather of the chair has developed fine creases and veins, and the palisander shells have taken on a lighter shade – changes that are characteristic of natural materials and lend furnishings a patina that reveals their unique history.For 60 years Vitra has been the sole authorised manufacturer of the Eames Lounge Chair for markets in Europe and the Middle East; the American manufacturer Herman Miller is responsible for all other markets. The cooperation between Vitra and Charles & Ray Eames began in 1957 and continues today in close partnership with the Eames Office, which represents the Eames family. This ensures that every Lounge Chair gives its user the exact design experience originally intended by Charles and Ray Eames. Just as it did 60 years ago, production of the Lounge Chair today requires 47 different steps, many of which must be performed by hand. The meticulous execution of each step, in combination with premium-grade materials, ensures the enduring quality that makes the Lounge Chair last for generations. And if anything might ever need to be repaired, Vitra Service is there to help. Even 60 years from now. A certainty that only the original can offer.