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Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife duo behind some of 20th century's most defining architecture and industrial moments were colleagues at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan before they married and worked together to create notable works from their office in Los Angeles. Here they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood.

Eames Lounger was released by the Herman Miller company in 1956 and are still produced and sold today by Vitra.

The chair was intended to be inviting and Charles explained its aesthetics as " the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt" . The chairs were made of molded plywood, heated, then bent and shaped and upholstered in leather.