To kick off my very first Favourite Furniture Fridays I wanted to pick a piece that reshaped the history of the furniture world. I had to pick the classic Eames Lounge 670 and Ottoman 671. I recently saw the handcrafted process of making this lounge chair on HGTV’s ‘Design DNA’ and learnt that the construction hasn’t changed much since it first hit the market in 1956. This iconic beauty was designed for the Herman Miller furniture company by Charles and Ray Eames (a married couple) who were inspired by a baseball glove. The design took years of planning, trial and error. In the end, the final design was a keeper, and hasn’t been messed with for over 60 years! The only major changes are switching from rosewood veneer to a more environmentally friendly plywood, and from five layers of wood fused together to seven. In fact, it is part of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PERMANANTLY, making it not only an ingenious piece of design, but a work of art in itself. What an honour! Just looking at it you can see why.
Its molded plywood shell is what makes it truly beautiful, and keeps each chair unique. The cushions are made to maximize comfort, and rubber shock mounts allow the chair to flex slightly for a discrete rocking motion. It also swivels 360 degrees. The leather is cinched for a worn look. The classic black leather is a popular choice (and my personal favourite), but Herman Miller now offers the Eames Lounge in a variety of colours and finishes. It makes my favourite list because I love its masculine, industrial and yet comfortable look and feel. It is an iconic piece instantly recognizable in any space.
Warning: Before you fall completely head over heels in love with this furniture piece (maybe I should have cautioned earlier), I should warn you that it is pricey! In 1956, it retailed at a bit over 300 dollars. Now, a newly constructed Eames Lounge will run you about $4500 before tax in the United States, with some classics selling in auction for close to the $7000 mark! Even high quality and convincing replicas approach two grand. The European Vitra version is even more expensive. But hey, we can dream right? If you’re ever blessed enough to purchase one of these beauties, however, the attention to detail and high quality, hand crafted construction will last decades making it an heirloom to be passed on from generation to generation.
This chair made its TV debut in 1956 on NBC’s broadcast of Arlene Francis’s ‘Home’. You can watch the videos of this vintage appearance on Youtube. Part one here and part two here for those interested.
This chair is often quoted for its prominent appearance in the hit show Frasier (reportedly seen in all episodes but one!). I’m not the hugest Frasier fan, however, so my favourite guest appearance of the chair is on Gossip Girl, where it was recovered in a gorgeous Missoni fabric.
I hope you enjoyed reading all about this iconic and historical piece of furniture as much as I enjoyed researching it! Stay tuned every Friday for an edition of Favourite Furniture Fridays.
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hello! so I'm in the process of redoing my bathroom, months ago I told you it was the same exact layout as yours. I'm kind of stuck on what paint color I should use, though. It's incredibly small and has no windows, so I wanted a color that would make it feel light and airy. Any suggestions on color schemes?
Hello! I remember you from a few months ago! I’m excited to hear back from you :) For my bathroom makeover, I used a darker grey, but it definitely has a more moody, glamorous feel as opposed to light and airy. Click here for some darker paint colors that help make a room feel bigger.
In terms of creating a lighter, airier feel using paint color, I would suggest going with a light neutral scheme. But, rather than the traditional neutrals of taupes, beiges, and creams, I would use more modern neutrals in light tones, such as light grey or light blue.
Some of my favourites from the Sarah Richardson Paint Collection: (in order: Retreat, Surf, Powder, Fog)
Importantly, no matter what color you choose, be sure to select satin or high gloss paint rather than a matte finish, as it will help light to bounce off the walls rather than being absorbed by the paint.
At the bottom of this post, I’ve included a picture of a more grey scheme and one using bluer tones. Although the bathrooms in the pictures are both larger than our bathroom layout, they achieve that light, airy feel you’re after.
A couple of things to note about both pictures that will help you to achieve that airy look: -Keep the vanity white. Keeping the large furniture pieces in the room white will help the room to feel larger. -Use White towels -Choose light counter tops and flooring -Keep it clutter free: Keep clutter to a minimum to keep the counter tops feeling larger. I would suggest using a white, wall mounted storage cabinet above the toilet, as I did here, to keep all of your products within easy reach, but neatly out of sight. -Monochromatic color scheme: Sticking to tones of the same color will help achieve the illusion of spaciousness (If you do want to add a pop of color, however, the neutrality of these two schemes allow you to do it! Add these small accents in hanging wall art, smaller colored hand towels over the large white ones, and a COUPLE of small accessories such as a colored candle and vase. You can also add some color in your shower curtain, but I would suggest that your curtain be predominantly white with colored accents).
Some other tips: -Choose a big mirror to reflect light, and choose one with a light and interesting frame to attract the eye. -Use glass accessories for storing and displaying cotton balls and Q-tips to add lightness and sparkle. -Use bright lighting.
I hope that this was helpful! Can’t wait to hear and see what you end up with. Good luck and all the best! -Tiffany Leigh