Category: Eames lounge chair

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! 

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part II

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part II

Previously, we talked all about the broad choice collection of colors, plywoods, upholstery materials, and alterations available in the market for an Eames Lounge Chair. 

We went into detail about the top leathers to choose from, Leatherette, Italian leather, and aniline leather. 

We understand it can be a daunting task to find the best Eames Lounge Chair for your home, especially if you’re on a budget and want to find a reliable Eames Lounge Chair replica that’s faithful to the original design, and won’t destroy your savings.

Today Manhattan Home Design is here to provide a broader insight into the plywoods available for an Eames Lounge Chair.

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A -very- brief history lesson 

When buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica, an important point to consider is the plywood. You’ll find choices like walnut, palisander, Santos palisander, and veneer. But what do those terms even mean?

By the time Charles and Ray Eames started working on the design of the Eames Lounge Chair, they already had plenty of experience working with molded plywood. Their famous Molded Plywood Lounge Chair gave them the knowledge they needed to reinvent the lounge chair, resulting in the Eames Lounge Chair.

Only select wood choices were used in the original design of the Eames Lounge Chair. The wood needed to be beautiful, sturdy, flexible, and thick without being too rough.

Originally the Eames Lounge Chair featured Brazilian Rosewood, but since the 1990s, the use of Brazilian rosewood was discontinued. The rosewood was replaced by seven layers of plywood covered by walnut, palisander rosewood, cherry, white oak, and ebony ash veneers. Today we’ll analyze the two most popular, walnut and palisander rosewood.

Eames Lounge Chair

Walnut Veneer

Walnut wood has played an important role in furniture manufacturing for centuries. Ancient beliefs associate this wood with wisdom and knowledge, and the plywood that ultimately ends up on the Eames lounge chair replica.

The Walnut Veneer’s pattern in the Eames Lounge Chair is deeply complex and rich, creating a very light-colored finish that does well in any room or space.

The walnut veneer used in Manhattan Home Desing’s Eames Lounge Chair replica is an excellent example of this.

Eames Lounge Chair

Palisander Veneer

Palisander has a more varied tone and can be obtained from two main sources: Brazilian rosewood and East Indian rosewood. Both are rich in smell and texture and can be more dramatic than walnut. Eventually, Brazilian Rosewood was discontinued due to environmental concerns.

Palisander’s distinctive reddish color is more notable than the usual brown walnut features and plays better in rooms with a lot of wood, making it ideal for homes.

Palisander is commonly associated with feelings of luxury, wealth, pride, and beauty. It has been one of the staple woods for great guitars, and other musical instruments, since the beginning of the 20th century.

We have a lot more to say about the many choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, along with valuable insights on this iconic mid-century modern design masterpiece. Stay tuned and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part I

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part I

Eames Lounge Chairs are one of the most easily recognizable mid-century modern design movement furniture pieces. For more than 63 years, Charles and Ray Eames’ original design has enjoyed never ending popularity with only small details of its manufacturing process have changed in this time.

With such a wide choice collection of colors, plywoods, upholstery materials and modifications available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair for you can be a daunting task. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford an original, try a high-quality Eames Lounge Chair replica, that’s faithful to the original design.

With many possibilities in colors, plywood alternatives, upholstery materials and variations available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair can be a daunting task. 

That’s why Manhattan Home Design created a buyer guide on how to make an informed decision when buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica. What to look for, the different models, and choices available.

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What’s the difference between aniline Leather, full-grain, and leatherette?

One of the most notable features of the Eames Lounge Chair is its leather upholstery. The original Eames lounge chair is a leather object, though you can find other versions with upholstery made from wool or mohair.

That being said, anyone can find themselves overwhelmed by features like leatherette or aniline leather. What kind of leather should you get for your Eames Lounge Chair?

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One of the most important advantages of leatherette is that it’s eco-friendly. Leatherette is a synthetic material made from vinyl, meaning no animal by-products. That means no animals were hurt during the manufacturing of your Eames Lounge Chair replica.

Leatherette is also referred to as faux leather, fake leather, synthetic leather or pleather.

Eames Lounge Chairs replica

Italian Leather

Italian leather is well known as the best in the furniture design industry but in the fashion industry as well. The very best craftsmanship and care go into manufacturing Italian leather and that means only the best quality.

Given that Italian Leather isn’t mass-produced, it takes much longer to make than cheaper alternatives. If you are interested in buying an Eames Lounge Chair with Italian leather upholstery but you’re not sure if you should, here are some important facts that show why Italian leather is the best around and why you should choose to purchase it:

  1. It’s easy to maintain: Italian leather can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth form from time to time but isn’t always necessary.
  2. It’s unique: Vegetable tanned Italian leather has a truly one of a kind appearance. No two naturally tanned items ever look alike!
  3. It’s a high-quality material: A great deal of craftsmanship is put into making Italian leather.
  4. It’s exclusive: You’ll see Italian leather on the most exclusive fashion runways as one of the most well-loved materials in fashion design.
  5. It’s made to last: Italian leather can withstand everyday wear and tear, with most nicks and scratches being easily wiped away.
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Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is real leather treated with special dyes. Aniline leather maintains the leather hide’s original marks, shapes, and imperfections, in most cases. Manhattan Home Design carefully inspects each hide piece for imperfections before they start the manufacturing process. 

Eames Lounge Chairs replicas in high-quality aniline leather can feel exquisite and look stylish, and since it’s real leather it will develop a certain patina with time. People who know about home design usually prefer this fading as an indicator of good taste and authenticity. 

If you’re still not sure Aniline Leather is for you, you can try several semi-aniline types of leather that still feel natural to the touch but are flatter and more scratch-resistant.

The most popular leather upholstery choices are available for the Eames Lounge Chairs and their replicas available in the market. There are other less popular upholstery choices like wool that we’ll discuss on another occasion.

Is there any other advantage of the materials that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, stay tuned for another article on the best Eames Lounge Chairs out there!

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


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


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


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


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!)

Stunning Environments for your Eames Lounge Replica

Stunning Environments for your Eames Lounge Replica

The Eames lounge replica is the embodiment of Americana and mid-century modern-day ingenuity. While deciding on your buy for the lounge chair and ottoman, your choice will be based upon how it’ll look like in your indoor area, along with other factors. 

Manhattan Home Desing’s Eames Lounge Chair Replica can enhance the appearance of any room. If you’re considering purchasing your own Eames Lounge Chair Replica, here is a visual treat to help you decide how to organize your home’s layout to fit the Eames Lounge Chair replica.

Here the Eames Lounge Chair replica stands within its roots, at Charles and Ray Eames’ residence. Once emptied for relocation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork, the Eames residence is now a museum open to the public for viewing. 

Even though the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman are associated with city modernism, they show how well they blend with herbal elements. The large bookshelves aren’t simply crowned with books but are dedicated to art and accessories, packed with ornamental packing containers. Striking lantern-style lighting fixtures additionally provide this room with a unique aspect.

Eames Lounge Chair

It’s only one lounge chair, but in this bedroom, the Eames Lounge Chair replica is the obvious superstar. This room puts into evidence that the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman fit in all sorts of spaces. 

There’s a fair amount of whiteness in the room that delicately balance each other out, even as the Eames lounge chair straight away draws in attention.

Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair replica does not need a specific room. It can sit flawlessly in the entryway of a home, or a place among rooms. However, this room is adorned with wall art and numerous statues. Regardless of this stunning artwork distributed in this room, the attention is on the Eames Lounge Chair. The tan leather complements the wood flooring and window frames.

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?


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?


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.