Exploded Eames at the Henry Ford Museum Posted September 7, 2017 by Ross Atwood

If you’re curious to see how the Eames Lounge Chair looks when suspended into an “exploded” view, then The Henry Ford Museum has you covered (and its pretty cool).

If you have an authentic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, then the thought of the beloved design being pulled apart or “exploded” would probably horrify you. After all, it’s built to be passed down to your great-great-grand children.

Comfort and style enthusiasts have always loved this chair, and it has been featured as part of the set design for countless TV shows and movies–from the Seattle apartment in Frasier to the sci-fi world of Tron. However, one museum in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, offers a unique view of the timeless piece that is seldom experienced outside their permanent installation.

The exploding chair has been a fixture at The Henry Ford since 2006. Santa Fe-based artist and designer, Vincent Faust, created the installation using a Herman Miller-produced Lounge Chair. It offers a floating, deconstructed version of the design that, according to the museum, “explores the complex way plywood, leather, and aluminum came together to form Charles and Ray Eames’ innovative–yet classic–lounge chair and ottoman.” The end result stops visitors in their tracks as they explore The Henry Ford’s immersive world of innovation.

The Eames Office created this exploded view of the Lounge Chair for our partner Herman Miller, Inc., one of two authorized manufacturers of Eames products.

Some Eames fans may have seen or even collected the old Eames Office advertisement made for Herman Miller, which features a blueprint of an exploding Lounge Chair and Ottoman. You can still find it today in our online store, the Eames Shop. The image is intriguing, capturing some of the minute details that Charles and Ray obsessed over; yet, to see this dissected work of art in person is a thing of beauty.

Be sure to plan your visit to The Henry Ford to see other Eames-related exhibitions and much more. Find additional information here.