“Tech It With You” Posted April 1, 2006 by Daniel Ostroff

Time Magazine here shows a hip fellow using the Shaun Jackson Design's new "Higher Ground" laptop bags. What interests us in this photo is what is supporting the handsome, dread-locked web surfer - an Eames Aluminum Group chair.

Shaun Jackson's bags are "light, compact and cleverly configured to obviate the need for a desk." Charles and Ray Eames,  who introduced the Eames Aluminum Group chair in 1958, may very well have approved of this 2006 design innovation.

Time Magazine here shows a hip fellow using the Shaun Jackson Design’s new “Higher Ground” laptop bags. What interests us in this photo is what is supporting the handsome, dread-locked web surfer–an Eames Aluminum Group chair.
Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair and Ottoman 

Shaun Jackson’s bags are “light, compact and cleverly configured to obviate the need for a desk.”  Charles and Ray Eames, who introduced the Eames Aluminum Group chair in 1958, may very well have approved of this 2006 design innovation.

 

After all, the EAG was innovative for its time. Much has been written and said about this design, but in relationship to a lightweight device which obviates the need for a desk, its interesting to focus on the WEIGHT of the EAG.

The Eames Aluminum Group Lounge chair, with swivel base, in the 1962 catalogue, clocks in at a mere 18 pounds! That example is comparable to the one in this TIME magazine photo, although in 1962, the chairs had a four point star base. Throughout the furniture world, in 1962, to get a comparable seating experience, swivel, arms, lounge chair, you were looking at 45 pounds plus.

Even though it was designed and introduced in 1958, the Eames Aluminum Group lounge chair is still in production, and available from the Eames Office Gallery and Store, from Herman Miller, and numerous retailers worldwide.