American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Ray Eames, American, 1912–1988
Designer: Charles Eames, American, 1907–1978
Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Inc., American, founded 1923

670/671 Lounge Chair and Ottoman

designed 1956

Molded plywood and rosewood veneers, cast aluminum, black leather-covered latex foam, and down upholstery

See components
Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.
1973.106.4a-b
This chair and ottoman became the preeminent male status symbol in interior furnishings following its market appearance in the late 1950s. The chair would have been an expensive luxury, but one that offered ample comfort. The adjustable recliner, with its various settings and options, embodied aggressive, dynamic relaxation. By 1975 one hundred thousand had been sold.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Zeeland, Michigan
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Gift of Herman Miller, Inc., Zeeland, Mich.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 85.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 292-293, no. 280, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.