Where are Eames Lounge Chairs Made?

The Eames Lounge chair and the Eames Ottoman were designed by the iconic American couple Charles and Ray Eames in the 1940s. The chairs were first produced by Evans Molded Plywood of Venice Beach, California, for the furniture company Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan. In 1947, Herman Miller moved the production of the chairs to Michigan, where it has been manufactured ever since. After a brief hiatus from 1957 to 1994, the chairs are still being produced and sold today.Unlike other Eames designs, this chair was designed to be cozy and comfortable.

It was created for the International Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition, sponsored by MoMA, and was made of molded plastic on an aluminum base with fabric cushions. Later versions of the chair feature padded leather upholstery on an aluminum frame.The Eames Aluminum Group was an office furniture collection designed by Charles and Ray, and launched in 1958. The most emblematic item in the collection is the Task Chair, a classic desk chair originally created with a hanging mesh backrest for outdoor use and adapted for the office.Herman Miller employees receive Eames chairs as a gift when they welcome a new baby or as a retirement gift if they have been with the company for 25 years or more. Recently, when a custom denim company ordered Eames armchairs for its showroom, they requested the lightest leather possible for the upholstery so that the dye of its unwashed denim would be printed on the chairs when people sat in them.Travelers will find Eames seats at the Grand Rapids airport, Herman Miller benches at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and classic molded plastic chairs at Ferris Coffee and Nut. Chairs used to be made with Brazilian rosewood, but as the company became aware of the dangers of logging in the rainforest, it began to use more sustainable woods grown mainly in the Midwest and Southern United States such as cherry, ash, walnut, white oak, maple and beech - each of which has a different grain and tone.

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