Reunited with an Eames classic

mbkri

Country Gent
Sep 22, 2012
2,944
Chicago
My dad was an architect and he bought this Charles Eames lounge chair in London the early 60s. I grew up being told off for twirling round on it. But twirl i did. So fun.
When dad passed away 5 years ago i inherited it and shipped it to Chicago. And it got trashed on the way. Its taken me five years to be able to contemplate the restoration. I couldnt even bare to look at the broken pieces so i threw a sheet over it and shoved it in a corner of my studio. And today i collected it from Herman Miller who have done a fabulous job. Gone is the original Brazilian Rosewood (though i still have the pieces) and the chair looks as good as new. Something i shall enjoy till i pass it on to one of my kids. If youve ever wondered……yes they are incredibly comfortable. 025D7828-F5A0-4B84-950F-28A05162A843.jpeg 11C097C2-C314-4C2A-B8B2-82C103E74340.jpeg CF6615CE-FFA5-40BA-9D06-38C3812E091E.jpeg
 

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LivingMyDream

Friend of Fred
May 4, 2016
6,832
Peculiar, Missouri
mbkri, that chair has the look of sitting on a marshmallow. Congrats on restoring what can be a family heirloom and enjoy sitting in supreme comfort until it goes to the next generation.
 

Seamus

Country Gent
Feb 25, 2011
1,031
New England
Seriously jealous of that! I love MCM design, and that's certainly an icon. I picked up not a knockoff, but a distant cousin (an Ekornes) for $50, and restored it myself. (This is the before, and I don't have an after handy!)
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Henry

I Bleed Orange
Apr 9, 2014
18,985
Petaluma
Been trying to get my wife to buy one. Maybe I need to set an example and get one first. These are beautiful pieces of form and function. I'm jealous and happy for you!
 
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6187LX

Electromatic
Aug 11, 2022
96
Marineville
I first encountered these chairs as a kid in 1969. I was at a friend's weekend sleepover. Downstairs was his dad's man cave with two of these chairs (and ottomans!), dark paneled wood, two inch shag carpeting, a 27 inch Sony Trinitron console with this amazing game thingy called "Pong." The dad told me to sit in the chair. I did and it was wonderful. After a few minutes he said, "Good. Now get out of the chair and never come near it again." I didn't and it is still a happy memory. Cheers, lx.
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
22,295
Monkey Island
I love designer chairs and the Eames chair in particular, maybe some day if we can afford to build a new house. 🙄

I had 3 good Wassily(Breuer) clones, and 2 original Pierre Paulin chairs. When I was on the island one Paulin got thrown in the trash by my uncle cause it was old(it needed upholstering)... 😖
Sold the house and didn’t have the space anymore, so I left the Breuers for the new owner, except for the other Paulin.
 

loudnlousy

Gretschified
Oct 18, 2015
12,554
Germany
I really like old designer furniture. Wish I had the money to buy it.
My dream home would be a James-Bond- Villain- bungalow with furniture like that.
 


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