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The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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The book is a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the chair by five contributors with over two hundred illustrations. I thought Pat Kirkham's chapter on the chair's development the most interesting. There is a 1946 photo of a chair that is clearly a prototype for the final 1956 version. Another photo, from 1950 shows Billy Wilder sitting in this '46 version. Although Charles Eames designed the chair there was a huge technical input from Don Albinson who worked in the Eames Office.
The book is a handsome production, well thought out editorially and nicely designed and printed though there is a bit of unnecessary design whimsy with the chapter titled 'The Lounge Chair: idea to icon'. It has seventy-seven pages of photos and graphics with no page numbers, the captions are on three following pages where the illustrations are repeated as thumbnails with the relevant text, in fact the seventy-seven pages had enough space for these captions. Also I would have liked to have seen a technical drawing of the chair and ottoman with dimensions.Read more ›
A few years ago I too succumbed and purchased an Eames chair and ottoman, and thus became the third. To my knowledge all three chairs remain intact, comfortable, enjoyed, shared by the family members, and in use.
Now we have an excellent book, " The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design " to enhance the knowledge of Ray and Charles Eames, The Eames Lounge Chair, and the Eames Foundation which continues the fine work of this family of designers.
This hardcover book first arrived and spent a couple of months on our coffee table near the chair, a Noguchi glass table. Anyone coming over would usually take a look at the book, the chair, then the book again, and the 27-30 pages of color pictures about the chair. The glass table was missed completely. There are many pages about the early design, and the construction of the first chair and footrest for the famous Hollywood director, Billy Wilder.
To most of our guests having picked up and read the book, the comment was " This is really amazing !' or " I had no idea this chair was so old ! " One guest thought the chair was actually a Bauhaus-design, until he read our Eames book. " Very informative " came the reply.
How popular a read is it ? I put the book away in a nearby bookcase, and the following week someone who had seen it before asked where it was, or if it had been stolen. So back it came, where it remains today.
To the enthusiast, owner, potential owner, design student, or those enamoured with the nostalgia of the 1950's, this is the best written Eames Chair compilation yet on the market today. There is much factual information to read and enjoy here. On any day or evening, this is a good read to pull out and enjoy as many times as you want. I encourage you to do so !
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I guess this is the perfect coffee table book for the room with the lounge! (that was their plan i suppose)Published on December 8, 2009 by WorldTraveler
The book is surprisingly well-written with a detailed history of the design of chairs for the century from 1850 to 1950. Interesting reading!Published on December 12, 2008 by Bitsy
Recently we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Eames Lounge Chair and what better tribute to that milestone than this commemorative book. I have it and I love t. Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by Peter knockstead