The Eames Chair

The chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the mid 20th Century are still among the most sort after items of furniture now.  Reproductions of the dining and lounge chairs can be seen in contemporary homes because the original designs were so forward thinking.

Charles Eames was an architect who, together with his wife Ray, set up one of the most influential multi-disciplinary design firms of that time. Ray Eames was trained as a painter and brought her own unique qualities to the architectural firm.  Together they designed not only buildings and furniture but exhibitions, films, toys and puzzles.  Their design approach knew no bounds.

In their chair designs innovative materials were used, plywood, plastic, fibreglass and aluminium were made into elegant forms.  They had a close relationship with Herman Miller and Vitra, leading names in the furniture industry, who manufacture their designs.  These companies were at the forefront of new technologies and ready to embrace the innovative designs created by Charles and Ray.

Now it's possible to buy reproductions of their chairs and a number of companies are producing key designs at a variety of price points.  Lakeland Furniture  have a range of chairs at fantastic prices as well as other designer ranges including Arne Jacobsen and Jean Prouve.

The RAR chair, a wonderful modern reinterpretation of a rocking chair, is made in a child's size in a variety of colours.  Lakeland also have  a wide range of dining chairs and bar stools in moulded plastic including the iconic Eames DAR chair, known as the Eiffel Tower chair because it was the inspiration for the original cast iron support frame; it is both sophisticated and comfortable.