10 Most Iconic Eames Lounge Chair Spottings Posted November 23, 2016 by Ross Atwood
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Charles and Ray’s Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, we selected the ten most iconic 670 spottings.
Sixty years ago, Charles and Ray Eames produced the first Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Since then, it has become an icon for modern design, synonymous with comfort, style, and craftsmanship. The design never looks out of place, whether in your living room, a futuristic film set such as Tron: Legacy, or even in the FX animated comedy series Archer. It seamlessly weds with any environment, making it the most timeless of designs.
Here are the 10 Most Iconic Eames Lounge Chair Spottings:
1. Muhammad Ali
As if being the greatest boxer of all time weren’t enough, Muhammad Ali’s accomplishments outside the ring were perhaps even more significant than those made inside the ring. Kicking off our list is The Greatest, spotted here in his Eames Lounge Chair in 1970.
2. Jim Henson
Best known for The Muppets, Jim Henson’s work in film was nothing short of extraordinary. Time after time, he created fantastical creatures that were competitive with today’s CGI. Pictured here, Henson works from his Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
3. Françoise Hardy
The iconic French singer/songwriter and actress, Françoise Hardy, is seen here strumming her acoustic guitar.
4. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
These two titans of the tech industry went on to do truly groundbreaking work in the years after this photograph was taken. We can only imagine what they were discussing at the time.
5. Kelsey Grammer in Frasier
While Charles and Ray’s designs have appeared in hundreds of films and TV episodes, the screen time the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman received for its role on the award-winning show, Frasier, starring Kelsey Grammer, makes this spotting an easy choice for our top ten.
6. H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger is recognized as the world’s foremost artist of Fantastic Realism. He was best known for his creation of the Xenomorph creature in the Sci-Fi blockbuster, Alien. Giger would sketch from his chair, but found that it was too comfortable to work from. Check out our Eames Spotting blog on the artist.
7. Ice Cube
Eames fans were ecstatic when they saw Ice Cube relaxing in an Eames Lounge Chair inside the Eames House. This video still is from a promotion for the Getty’s exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945—1980. Ice Cube reveals his design roots in the film while also reminding us just how cool he is.
8. Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder was the first person to win an Academy Award as a producer, director, and screenwriter for the same film. He was a close friend of Charles and Ray’s—the couple even designed the Eames Chaise for him.
9. Jane Fonda in Sunday in New York
Iconic actress, activist, and fitness guru, Jane Fonda, played one of her earliest roles in the film Sunday in New York, where she was spotted in this Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman alongside co-star Rod Tayler.
10. Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra is considered one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century. In this image, the singer is kicking up his feet at home, spending time with his dog Ringo, and relaxing in his most comfortable chair.