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What is the most comfortable chair in the world?

What is the most comfortable chair in the world?

There’s nothing like a Lounge Chair that can adjust and adapt to the body and offer comfort no matter the sitting position. Lounge Chairs like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are specifically designed to comfortably adapt to a great array of user preferences, styles, and functions. The Eames Lounge Chair can simply be used comfortably in different postures from sitting and reclining to stretching-out and lying down. No wonder it’s our favorite mid-century modern lounge chair.

Recognized as one of the most popular and famous chairs in history, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has often been described as feeling like “a well-used baseball mitt.” and that is precisely what the designers, Charles and Ray Eames had in mind when they set out to design a chair that would revolutionize not only the world of furniture design but architecture itself.

Who are Charles and Ray Eames?

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Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important mid-century modern American designers of the 20th century. This marriage brought to the world some of the most groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design, and manufacturing, as well as the photographic arts. They designed iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood Chairs, the Eames Walnut Stool, and the Eames Molded Plastic Side chairs, which you have probably seen stacked somewhere. They’re practically everywhere.

How is the Eames Lounge Chair built?

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The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are two pieces of iconic furniture that merge soft leather and molded plywood veneers to completely change how we define what it means to lounge. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman were originally designed with a slight angle and is flexible to the body. The Eames Lounge Chair base should be able to swivel a full 360°.

The Eames Lounge Chair is made of three curved plywood shells for the headrest, backrest, and seat that are attached together and mounted on a swiveling aluminum base. The most common versions of the Eames Lounge Chair are 32.75” wide, 32.75” deep, with a back height of 31.5” and a seat height of 15”. The accompanying ottoman has a width of 26”, depth of 21.5”, and height of 17.25”.

If you can’t afford the thousands of dollars that will cost you an original Eames Lounge Chair, you can always find true high-quality replicas at stores like Manhattan Home Design.

3 Mid-Century Lounge Chairs for Small Apartments

We definitely love mid-century modern lounge chairs. They use less space than a sofa, but they feel roomier than a regular chair. Lounge Chairs are tasteful, elegant and sculptural. Lounge chairs like the Eames Lounge Chair can be the cornerstone of a reading nook as well as the perfect piece to fill dead spaces.

When it comes to decorating a small apartment trying to fit a lounge chair feel like an impossible puzzle. The room mustn’t feel cramped, look chaotic or cluttered. All without compromising style and personality. But as impossible as it might seem, you can have a small apartment that looks stylish and unique. Whether you’re starting out in a studio apartment or just want to lead a minimalist lifestyle, you don’t need to sacrifice style. 

We’ve gathered our favorite lounge chairs for decorating small apartments to help you style your own hobbit-hole. Here are 3 examples of the right lounge chairs for the job.

Eames Lounge Chair

As difficult as it can be to imagine this chair in a small apartment, we’re here to tell you we’ve seen it happen. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames has become a mid-century modern icon. We love this chair because it doesn’t simply embody the typical aesthetic characteristics of its design style but it has something that many mid-century modern pieces lack: comfort. This extraordinary combination of molded plywood and leather upholstery make this chair timeless.

Barcelona Chair

The Barcelona Chair needs little in the way of introduction. This iconic lounge chair is one of the most iconic and celebrated mid-century modern designs. Originally designed by  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Barcelona Chair seems to us as beautiful as if it has existed forever.

Even after almost  90 years of its release, the Barcelona chair, rather than losing its appeal, has become one of the few enduring monoliths from the mid-century modernist period.  And if that’s not enough, the Barcelona Chair is also one of the oldest surviving Bauhaus designs that you can still find as a brand new object in many stores today. Decorating a small apartment with this chair shouldn’t be that hard, either.

Womb Chair

When Florence Knoll asked her architect and designer friend Eero Saarinen in 1948 to come up with a chair “like a great big basket of pillows, that I can curl up in”, she probably didn’t know the result was going to be an iconic design that pretty much brought her words to life in uncompromising style. Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair, like many of his lasting furniture pieces, has grown into a famous and loved décor addition to any modern space. But is it appropriate for a small apartment?

Available in three different sizes and in a multitude of color, the Womb Chair is pure and unadulterated seating ecstasy. It also comes with a matching ottoman, if you want more comfort. The Womb Chair is a seating option which instantly tempts you to curl and take refuge in its enveloping form. With all these available options, the Womb Chair is ideal for small spaces, place it into a corner and it will instantly become a quiet reading nook.

The 5 Best Mid-Century Chairs for Reading

“Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul,” says on the inscription above the door at the legendary Library at Thebes. With all of the technology we have, sometimes we forget the greatest resource we have to take us far away, teach us, ignite our imaginations and keep us company: reading.

 

Hear me out, I’ve got nothing against sofas or daybeds or even a chaise. But when it comes to sitting down and read for hours and hours, I can think of a better option that a lounge chair.

 

Lounge Chairs make great reading chairs because most of them are soft, but still supportive and big enough to move around, but small enough to make you feel like you’re surrounded. They come in all shapes and colors and textures and can fit in all different rooms.

 

Here are some great lounge chairs that are perfect chairs for reading:

 

The Eames Lounge Chair

 

 

Of course, we began our list with our favorite lounge chair: the Eames Lounge Chair! This chair is absolutely guaranteed to make any mid-century modern design lovers sigh. It’s just so comfortable and so iconic!

 

The Womb Chair

 

 

The Womb Chair is our second favorite lounge chair for reading. This iconic chair by Eero Saarinen is loved by so many people around the world and highly praised for the sense of safety that it can convey. 

 

Paired this chair with an ottoman and a good book, and you might even fall asleep on it after hours of reading and your back won’t feel the slightest discomfort.

 

CH25 Lounge Chair 

 

 

What about reading outdoors? This Lounge chair by mid-century modern design genius, Hans J. Wegner it’s not only comfortable but ideal to read the latest best-seller on the beach or on your deck while getting some well-reserved summer sun. 

 

Eames Rar Rocking Chair

 

 

My favorite memories of reading involved story-time with my dad. Every night we’d on our favorite rocking chair while he’d read me my favorite stories. This nocturnal ritual was very important to me as a child. It helped me develop a love of reading at a young age and inspired me to become a writer as an adult.

 

I’ve found that having a special place to read together – a place that becomes your ‘reading chair’ – helps to build anticipation most effectively. My favorite for this is the Eames RAR Rocking Chair. Great color, great lines, and it looks amazing even when you’re not using it.

 

Barcelona Chair

 

 

I know. I know. The Barcelona Chair by Mies Van Der Rohe looks nothing like you would expect from a reading chair. But hear me out: reading in the office! 

 

The Barcelona Chair is perfect to look professional, elegant and stylish while waiting for an appointment while reading the latest issue of Entrepreneur or The Wall Street Journal. And There’s something about Mies… especially the Barcelona chairs. Though they’re not perfect for really curling up while reading their angles are still inviting, especially with a footrest added in.

 

So, there you have it! 5 perfect chairs for reading. Did we miss any of your favorites? Any particular chair that brings you fond memories of reading? Let us know in the comments below! 

4 Modern Icons from the Eames Lounge Chair Designers

4 Modern Icons from the Eames Lounge Chair Designers

We all love the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, but did you know Ray and Charles Eames created many other mid-century modern design pieces that are as great as the Eames Lounge Chair? 

Take a look at these modern icons that were also designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

Eames Shell Chair

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I’m sure that you have stumbled upon at least a variation of the Eames Shell Chair somewhere. They’re simply everywhere around the globe, and available in a great variety of materials and color choices.

Along with their work with molded plywood, the Eameses worked with molded fiberglass for many years. Charles and Ray thought they could find a way to mold fiberglass for maximum ergonomic comfort, years before ergonomics became mainstream in furniture design. The designers accomplished precisely this in 1948 by creating the curved and comfortable seat of the Eames Shell Chair.

Eames Walnut Stool

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Built with solid walnut and standing 15″ high, the next item in our list is the Eames Walnut Stool. A versatile stool that can double as a side table in a pinch. Available in three different sizes, it’s fascinating to discover the first experimental designs by Charles and Ray Eames that combined molded wood. The Eames Walnut Stool is a rare example of functional art that can serve several purposes and make traditional and familiar forms become something modern.

Eames Molded Plywood Chair

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As we’ve mentioned already, Charles and Ray pioneered on molding wood technologies. You can see the result of their work on the Eames Molded Plywood Chair. This is a lounge chair that was ahead of its time, able to adapt to the contours of the body comfortably, and eliminating the need for upholstered cushions. These methods that Charles and Ray Eames used with molded plywood turned out really helpful when designing the stretchers and splints that were used during World War II.

Eames Hang-It-All

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The Eames Hang-it-all is a candy-colored rack that is fun, creative, colorful, and adds a bit of shine to any entryway or wardrobe. This design inspires fun and playfulness, aspects that are both essential to mid-century modern design, despite what many people think. 

Designed in 1953 for a playhouse line, the Eames Hang-It-All is built with a welded steel wire frame with hooks that end in colorful painted maple balls that look like a funny combination of molded exclamation points.

Are there any other modern icons designed by Charles and Ray Eames that I missed? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll update the post with the best ideas (and a link crediting you!)

What is the most comfortable chair in the world?

What is the most comfortable chair in the world?

There’s nothing like a Lounge Chair that can adjust and adapt to the body and offer comfort no matter the sitting position. Lounge Chairs like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are specifically designed to comfortably adapt to a great array of user preferences, styles, and functions. The Eames Lounge Chair can simply be used comfortably in different postures from sitting and reclining to stretching-out and lying down. No wonder it’s our favorite mid-century modern lounge chair.

Recognized as one of the most popular and famous chairs in history, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has often been described as feeling like “a well-used baseball mitt.” and that is precisely what the designers, Charles and Ray Eames had in mind when they set out to design a chair that would revolutionize not only the world of furniture design but architecture itself.

Who are Charles and Ray Eames?

eames-chair-replica

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important mid-century modern American designers of the 20th century. This marriage brought to the world some of the most groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design, and manufacturing, as well as the photographic arts. They designed iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood Chairs, the Eames Walnut Stool, and the Eames Molded Plastic Side chairs, which you have probably seen stacked somewhere. They’re practically everywhere.

How is the Eames Lounge Chair built?

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The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are two pieces of iconic furniture that merge soft leather and molded plywood veneers to completely change how we define what it means to lounge. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman were originally designed with a slight angle and is flexible to the body. The Eames Lounge Chair base should be able to swivel a full 360°.

The Eames Lounge Chair is made of three curved plywood shells for the headrest, backrest, and seat that are attached together and mounted on a swiveling aluminum base. The most common versions of the Eames Lounge Chair are 32.75” wide, 32.75” deep, with a back height of 31.5” and a seat height of 15”. The accompanying ottoman has a width of 26”, depth of 21.5”, and height of 17.25”.

If you can’t afford the thousands of dollars that will cost you an original Eames Lounge Chair, you can always find true high-quality replicas at stores like Manhattan Home Design.

Eames Lounge Chair: Designed for Dogs

It doesn’t take a lot to make dogs happy —a full belly, a place to play, and a warm, cozy place to sleep. For those dogs who were lucky to live with an Eames Lounge Chair owner, they won the lottery. Don’t trust us? Take a look at these adorable dogs chilling in their owner’s Eames Lounge Chairs.

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For instance, we believe the legs on this Eames Lounge Chair resemble the legs on this cute and beautiful pooch, don’t you?

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The comfortable ottoman of the Eames Lounge Chair is perfect for this family room, and apparently for this dog, too!

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We think this little guy ties in nicely with the white faux sheepskin that covers this Eames Lounge Chair. It’s also a great way to protect the leather upholstery!

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Do the black and white dog complement the chair or is it the other way around?

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When you try to get a comfortable chair for yourself, but your dog claims it. We could write a thousand words about how comfortable the Eames Lounge Chair and this picture will still beat those words, hands down.

 

Here are the Best Lounge Chairs for 2020

Here are the Best Lounge Chairs for 2020

We know what you might say. 2020? Already? But buying a great chair, especially one of the mid-century modern classics that we’re about to discuss in this article takes not only time to invest and plan but also careful consideration. We thought you might want to get ahead and discover the best chairs for 2020 without getting in the way of your pumpkin latte, your Halloween preparations and your thanksgiving. 

2020 will definitely bring new arrivals in terms of home furniture, but there’s a reason why these chairs are timeless classics. We’ll stray from our usual content by not mentioning our favorite, the Eames Lounge Chair or even the Womb Chair, those are already best-selling wonders. We’re here to show you other alternatives you might want to try next year.

Hans Wegner Wing Chair

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Well, not exactly. This reinterpretation of Hans Wegner’s iconic and elegant Wing chair features a high back and a low seat for an organic recline and lots of space to spread around. You can get it on its striking classic black or a much more playful and engaging white. This chair is pure Italian leather encased in molded fiberglass with a polished steel base. Perfect for offices as well.

Papa Bear Chair

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Another hit by Hans Wegner, the Papa Bear Chair has been one of our favorites for some time now and it is easy to see why. On one hand, it is extremely nostalgic and homely. The tight upholstery and dark wood finish make it seem like an old, comfortable throne. However, the lightweight ottoman and modernist design make it tailored and elevated, so it fits well just about anywhere.

Reach Chair

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The gorgeous Reach Chair is a must-have for contemporary office spaces, modern living rooms, and stylish bedrooms. It is probably the most elegant set of the five, sporting a very modern finish in black and white vinyl choices. 

The polished steel base comes with non-marking foot glides and the huge ottoman makes can be repurposed as a different seat altogether.

Spiers Lounge Chair & ottoman

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Probably the most comfortable and thickly-padded chair of the whole group. The Spiers armchair and ottoman combo is the epitome of Scandinavian furniture and style, which favors coziness and warm colors. Leisure is the keyword here. The ottoman is just as huge and padded as the chair so, for this price, you’re basically getting an elegant second bed for your living room.

The Panton Chair

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You might also know this lounge chair as the stacking chair or S Chair. Now, this chair is mostly known by the name of its Danish designer, Verner Panton. Did you know The Panton Chair was the first chair to be manufactured completely out of plastic in a single piece?

Since the introduction of this chair in 1967, four versions of this chair have been produced from four kinds of plastic. This lounge chair was originally made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin painted in a high-gloss lacquer. Today the Panton chair is made from colored polypropylene and sports a matte finish.

So, there you have it. 5 modern and amazing lounge chairs to renovate your house in this upcoming year. Take your time to consider each and let us know if we missed any particular chair on our list. Don’t forget to comment and stay tuned for more articles.