BE SEATED BY BEVERLY STEPHEN
A chair is a chair is a chair. Not necessarily so when it was designed by the legendary Charles Eames and his wife Ray Eames for the Herman Miller Company. The lounge chair, a modern take on a 19th century English club chair, is the most coveted and recognizable classic after 50 years. You see it in chic real estate ads, on Instagram, on Frasier reruns. But their other chairs had staying power too and are available in new interpretations from Herman Miller and Hay, a Danish design brand.
HERMAN MILLER X HAY EAMES COMPACT SOFA The Compact Sofa was inspired by a built-in that Charles and Ray Eames created for their home in Pacific Palisades, California in 1954. With plush foam cushions supported by resilient webbing, it offers firm but flexible support. This famous couch is offered in a special reissue of Alexander Girard’s colorfully striped Jacob’s Coat textile, a design from 1959. $6,500 store.moma.org
HERMAN MILLER X HAY EAMES LCW LOUNGE CHAIR Designed in 1945, it began as an experiment, created via a machine that molded plywood with the help of heat and a bicycle pump. Today, the low-slung chair features an expertly crafted molded seat and back that cradles you in comfort. $1,195 store.moma.org
EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN IN CHECKER FABRIC A fresh look for a classic. Maharam Checker, a durable woven fabric designed by Alexander Girard in 1965, adds graphic punch at a scale that’s easy to live with and mix into a room. Starting at $5,895 DWR.com
HERMAN MILLER X HAY EAMES RECYCLED MOLDED PLASTIC ARMCHAIR Charles and Ray Eames adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to produce their classic molded plastic shell chair’s simple, gracious form, a design from 1950. $495 store.moma.org HERMAN MILLER EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN IN ALL GRAIN LEATHER Introduced in 1956, it became one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. The supple leather, according to Eames, was meant to mimic “the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Starting at $6,495 DWR.com and at Southampton Design Within Reach store
HERMAN MILLER X HAY EAMES WIRE CHAIR OR WIRE-BACK OFFICE CHAIR Designed in 1951, the chair is now available in four new colors with an optional outdoor-safe seat pad. $1,090 store.moma.org
11/7/22 3:01 PM