Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair - 50 Years Old

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Eames Aluminum Group chairs by Herman Miller.

I fell in love with this chair and ottoman back in 1979.
Back then I was working at the Hub Bookstore on the University of Florida campus, and I'd often wander over to the Students' Union building to have my lunch in the student lounge, where there were a dozen of these chairs. I started coming back just to relax in the chairs!

"Aluminum Group chairs were originally developed in 1958 as a special project by Ray Eames for a private residence being designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard.

"The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell. Wonderfully comfortable, strong, yet lightweight..." -Hive

"To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need." -Charles Eames


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