You’ve probably caught on to our obsession with mid-century modern furniture as well as with mid-century modern design. But we can’t help to feel a hundred questions about it. For example, what’s the Eames Lounge Chair and this particular design style really all about?
It’s time to leave to the experts, we asked stores like Barcelona Designs and Manhattan Home Design, a small business in NYC and one of the fastest-growing companies in America, to help us in this matter. You can say with confidence that we consider them experts on mid-century modern design, so here’s our crash course on the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as everything mid-century modern design is.
What is Mid-Century Modern Design?
Mid-century modern design comes from (obviously) from the middle of the 20th century. If you’re having a hard time imagining what that means, think of the post-WWII era through to the Mad Men era. Most people think mid-century modern design originated in America, but there are significant designers from all over the world. During these years, these mid-century modern designers like Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames, they started taking cues from styles like Bauhaus and the International Style movement, which explored ideas of function over form. This was a very popular no-nonsense sentiment after the world had gone through a rough patch during the war.
This courageous, new spirit of the minimalist world was onto something, especially in terms of interior and furniture design. The furniture pieces from this period became some of the most iconic and famous furniture pieces in the world. Why? Because they were and still remain some of the most uncluttered, uncomplicated designs that are as functional as they are timeless.
This revolution in architecture, interior and furniture design that came to life in the mid-50s brought Scandinavian style, also known as Danish Modern design to the forefront of this movement, thanks in part to a traveling show called Scandinavian Design.
The mid-century modern design’s core value is simplicity in both functions as well as aesthetics, the striking contrast between organic shapes, abstract designs, and natural materials like wood, hemp, and wool in a human-made environment. This is what defined mid-century modern design.
Why you should choose mid-century modern furniture?
We’ve devoted countless hours in relocating our mid-century modern furniture reproductions with the same materials, manufacturing process and even the same mid-century ideals in mind: living simply with versatile, well-made furniture, using calming, natural materials and colors. Our high-quality mid-century modern furniture pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman will stand the test of time as your home evolves and trends come and go; it’s a guaranteed way to elevate your home design.
How to get started with your mid-century modern makeover
Begin by choosing a functional, anchor, accent piece. That is all you need to begin introducing mid-century modern to your space.
Classic mid-century modern furniture pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair often feature neutral (and even cream) upholstery and light plywood veneers with teak, or walnut accents. If you’re feeling bold, a mid-century silhouette in a colorful fabric like the Womb chair in wool can add a serious modern-meets-classic pop to your home.
But if we had to choose only one piece to get you started with the mid-century modern makeover of your home, we’d choose the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman replica.
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
No discussion of mid-century modern lounge chairs could be complete without mentioning our Eames chair and ottoman, originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Hands down the single best-known furniture piece to come from the mid-century modern design era.
You already know we love this contrasting combination between the molded plywood and the premium aniline or Italian leather upholstery, simply timeless.
are mid-century modern design icons that have been pivotal decorating pieces in America’s homes for over 60 years. The premium Italian or aniline leather upholstery will wear beautifully over time, developing a rich patina and becoming softer every time you sit.
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is one of the most famous mid-century modern pieces. Its form and functionality have made it one of the most sought after pieces in modern history. This iconic design can be found in popular films, television shows, businesses and thousands of residences across the globe.
What Stands our Eames Lounge Chair replica apart?
There are many differences between our reproductions and cheaper ones. We would start by saying that we have been recognized as the best replica in the market by Houzz. These are the reasons:
- We follow the same specifications (most replicas on eBay or Amazon are different in size, giving the chair a different look)
- We are the only one with fully removable and replaceable cushions, just like the original.
- We use silicone shock mounts to connect the base to the back, as per the original one – without this important part, the chair has a shorter lifetime
- We offer a 1-year warranty and lifetime support (you can extend it to 5 years for only $99)
- We have been in business for 15 years and we are rated A+ on Better Business Bureau
- We sold over 6000 Eames reproduction and we have a 99% customer satisfaction
- We have, by far, the best reviews online
- We have a showroom in New York where you can see and try the chair (this also means we really stand behind our products)
These are just a few of the reasons why we take such great pride in our Eames Lounge Chair replicas.
Why you should choose our Eames Lounge Chair Replica?
Every time a movie, TV show or magazine shoot needs a touch of class, they haul out an Eames Lounge Chair. This chair has become a ubiquitous byword for modern and high class, similar to the Noguchi Table and many other classic pieces from mid-century modern design
It should be noted that most of the chair’s filmed appearances take place in luxurious, upscale contexts, which immediately turns the chair into a luxury item. This happens because modernist furniture antiques have been selling at auctions for six-figure sums in euros, pounds, and American dollars for a while now. They have not aimed for the middle classes anymore.
An icon of class
The Eames Lounge Chair is a class signifier. That’s one of the biggest reasons behind the enduring popularity of this chair, like many other pieces of mid-century modern furniture. Only a few people can ballpark what the Eames Lounge Chair costs. It’s hard to accurately do, however, since an original Eames lounge and ottoman in mint condition cost vastly different than a newly manufactured set.
Easy, beautiful, functional design
On the other hand, the Eames Lounge Chair, as well as the Noguchi table and many other mid-century modern pieces, are classics for a reason. The chair is truly beautiful, iconic designs that are also functional. Everyone needs a chair and a coffee table — why not have beautiful ones? And in the case of the Eames, something truly comfortable? The original Eames loungers were stuffed with duck down and feathers — unfortunately, the newly manufactured ones have synthetic foam instead. If you haven’t sat in one, you don’t know what you’re missing!
I think another quality modern furniture has which makes it popular is that they’re formally appealing — they truly do go with any interior. Because modern furniture lacks cultural and historical references (we dare you to find that with an Ikea chair) they make good neighbors with furniture of any other era and of any other style.
Start collecting looks that speak to your personal mid-century modern style. Create a moodboard using our pictures on Pinterest, save your favorites on our Instagram, or browse through either BCN or MHD store and discover what sparks your imagination.