In the Studio: Lounge Chair
[Lounge Chair (2011) /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
In 1956 Hollywood director Billy Wilder received a birthday present from his friends, designers Ray & Charles Eames. The Eameses were well-known for their innovative artistry and held in high regard for their contributions to modern, contemporary design. The lounge chair they designed for their friend became one of their most recognized and popular selling pieces of furniture.
[Lounge 670 (1956) Ray & Charles Eames, designers /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
Ray Kaiser met Charles Eames in the late 1930s when both of them were attending the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1941 Charles, working with Ray and fellow student and future architect Eero Saarinen, submitted a prototype of a chair they'd designed made out of molded plywood to the Museum of Modern Art's Organic Furniture competition. They won first prize in their category.
[Lounge Chair - drying /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
Ray and Charles married the same year, moved to California, and received a commission from the U.S. Navy to design splints, stretchers, and glider sleds using their pioneering applications of plywood. The Eames lounge was the culmination of a decade and-a-half of molding wood into new forms, resulting in the creation of an extremely elegant and comfortable piece of furniture.
Our interpretation of this modern classic can be found at: Lounge Chair.