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  • Designed exclusively by The Conran Shop in collaboration with Vitra

 

  • Crafted in the Vitra Atelier with a modern pigment walnut shell

 

  • Features unique limited edition ‘dark sand’ leather upholstery 

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Introducing the new and exclusive limited edition Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, created in collaboration with Vitra and available only at The Conran Shop.

Limited to just 25 individually numbered editions, this is an extremely rare and exciting opportunity to invest in a piece of design history.

A momentous partnership, two design powerhouses have joined forces to put a twist on the timeless: reimagining the world’s most famous chair with innovative leather upholstery.

Featuring Vitra and The Conran Shop certificates of authenticity, this special edition Eames Lounge Chair is crafted in the Vitra Atelier with a modern pigmented walnut shell and complemented with painstakingly upholstered premium aniline leather.

Prized for its supreme softness and quality, the ‘dark sand’ leather showcases a rich, natural grain that is dyed for colour without any pigments or coating applied. The result is a breathable surface that retains the complete original structure of the hide, with visible pores and distinctive characteristics, which will develop a unique patina over time.

The Eames Lounge Chair’s die cast aluminium frame on shock mounts provides flexible movement, as well as a unique five arm base and functional swivel action.

Impeccably finished with an individually numbered metallic badge, each limited edition Eames Lounge Chair proudly showcases its rarity and exclusivity.

Your Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman will be delivered to you with Vitra and The Conran Shop certificates of authenticity.

Making its public debut in 1956 on Arlene Francis’ ‘Home’ show, the now iconic Lounge Chair was designed to be “a special refuge from the strains of modern living”. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman was designed by Charles and Ray Eames as a gift to legendary filmmaker, Billy Wilder, Hollywood director of ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘The Apartment’.

Please note: Each uniquely numbered design will be sold from 1-25 on a strictly chronological, first come, first-served basis. Due to the extremely limited number of 2017 Special Edition Eames Lounge Chairs produced, this model is excluded from any discount, introductory offer or 3rd party promotion.

For more information, please email the furniture specialists at either of our London stores:

 

Chelsea

Maria Allegrini

mallegrini@conran.com

 

Marylebone

Matt Szlezak

mszlezak@conran.com

Charles & Ray Eames

American designers Charles (1907-1978) and his wife Ray (1912-1988) Eames made groundbreaking contributions to many creative fields including architecture, furniture design, industrial design, graphic design, fine arts and film.

 

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Charles Eames grew up in America's industrial heartland. As a young man he worked for engineers and manufacturers, anticipating his lifelong interest in mechanics and the complex working of things. Ray Kaiser, born in Sacramento, California, demonstrated her fascination with the abstract qualities of ordinary objects early on. She spent her formative years in the orbit of New York's modern art movements and participated in the first wave of American-born abstract artists.

 

The couple married in 1941 and moved from Michigan, where they had met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, to Los Angeles and established an office together. With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Modern and minimal. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

 

They got their first big break in 1942 when the US navy placed an order for 5,000 splints that they had made from a mould of Charles’ own leg. Having moved into a rented studio on nearby Santa Monica Boulevard, the couple continued their experiments in plywood producing furniture such as the Plywood Chair (1945), sculptures and even toys. After plywood, the Eames focused on projects with other materials by creating furniture in fibreglass, plastic, aluminium and, for the 1956 Lounge Chair, which was designed as a gift for director Billy Wilder, leather and a rich plywood. It was their experiments with fibreglass that led to the production of one of their most recognisable pieces still today: the Eames plastic armchair. The Eames plastic armchair was first presented in 1948 at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Low cost furniture design’ competition. The comfortable shell, made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic, was combined with a variety of bases to create different looks.

 

Their lives and work represented the nation's defining movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. Their evolution from furniture designers to cultural ambassadors demonstrated their boundless talents and the overlap of their interests with those of their country. In a rare era of shared objectives, the design team partnered with the federal government and the country's top businesses to lead the charge to modernise postwar America.

 

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