Peter Loughrey Posted June 25, 2000 by Daniel Ostroff

Peter Loughrey, owner of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, wouldn't dream of parting with his 1957 white leather Eames lounge chair 670...

Auctioneer Peter Loughrey, owner of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, wouldn’t dream of parting with his 1957 white leather Eames Lounge Chair 670—often described as a 20th century version of a 19th century English club chair and extremely rare in the world of Eames collectibles. “The general public refers to it simply as ‘The Eames Chair,’ it’s become such an icon,” says Loughrey. Herman Miller began marketing the chair, composed of three molded-plywood shells with padded leather cushions and rosewood veneer, in 1956, and it has remained in continuous production ever since, although the veneer is now made from cherry or walnut. “Herman Miller initially offered it in black or white leather, then discontinued the white when not enough people ordered it,” explains Loughrey of his chair’s rarity. “It’s undoubtedly one of the most important chairs of the 20th century.”

Los Angeles Times Magazine June 25, 2000