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Eames Plywood Lounge Chair by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames

At A Glance: At the risk of outrageous hyperbole, this is probably the greatest chair ever made. Okay, okay, stop rolling your eyes and come back. Here's the checklist:
1) Greatest pair of furniture designers in American history, Charles and Ray Eames, built it.
2) Possibly the greatest furniture design invention of the last century, molded plywood, was invented for this particular product.
3) Absolutely gorgeous, yet playful and not at all intimidating.
4) In 1999, Time Magazine rated it the best design of the century

What's To Like: You heard the part about greatest chair ever designed, right?

What's Not to Like: One possible reason not to buy- if you don't want to sit low to the ground, then this chair is not for you. It's a real low rider.

The Bottom Line: Probably the best chair in the history of American design, a real piece of art history, and you can let your kids play on it. Not bad.

Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with the boldly original molded plywood lounge chair. Since then, the aesthetic integrity, enduring charm and comfort of the chairs have earned them recognition as the best of modern design. Vibrant colors refresh the palette and recall the times when the chairs were originally introduced.

Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with the boldly original molded plywood lounge chair. Since then, the aesthetic integrity, enduring charm and comfort of the chairs have earned them recognition as the best of modern design. Vibrant colors refresh the palette and recall the times when the chairs were originally introduced.

Lounge Chair dimensions: 26.5" h x 22" w x 24.25" d
Seat height: 15.5" h

See the entire Eames Molded Plywood Chair collection.

Distinctive Design
Sculpted form. Molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes gives the hard material a soft, smooth appearance.

Finish choices. These environmentally friendly aniline stains of the Eames Plywood Chair allow the wood's natural characteristics to show through; cherry, walnut, or natural ash choices continue to be available.

Leg choice. Wood or chrome-plated steel.

A Shape That Sits Well
Natural contours. The five-ply seat and back are designed to comfortably fit the body.

Shock mounts. Made of resilient natural rubber to absorb movement.

The Herman Miller Eames Molded Lounge Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: LCW.AV, LCW.OU, LCW.CX, LCW.11, LCW.15, LCW.9N.

MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS

Eames Plywood Lounge Chair by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Materials:
Natural face plywood veneers, hardwood inner plies, a 5-ply seat and back, and 8-ply legs.

Maintenance:
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

Dimensions:
Overall: 26.5" h x 22" w x 24.24" d
Seat height: 15.5"

Molded Plywood Lounge Chair Dimensions

Distinctive Design
Sculpted form. Molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes gives the hard material a soft, smooth appearance.

Finish choices. These environmentally friendly aniline stains of the Eames Plywood Chair allow the wood's natural characteristics to show through; cherry, walnut, or natural ash choices continue to be available.

Leg choice. Wood.

A Shape That Sits Well
Natural contours. The five-ply seat and back are designed to comfortably fit the body.

Shock mounts. Made of resilient natural rubber to absorb movement.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Aniline stains of the plywood chairs are environmentally friendly.

ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER


Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

DESIGNER

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the wire chair and the molded plywood chair group. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.

Herman Miller and Charles and Ray Eames had a lasting collaboration that resulted in some of the great furniture of the modern American scene. From the Eames Lounge Chair to the Hang-It-All, their contributions to design have been unique and uniquely stellar. But it all started with the clever, deceptively simple, beautiful and challenging Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair. Smart Furniture is very proud to now have a role to play in this legendary partnership, and be able to sell this chair to our customers with the approval of Herman Miller and the Eames family. Get your Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, whether it be a dining room version or a version with metal legs, today.


DESIGN STORY

In the early 1940s, when Charles Eames was working on MGM set designs, he would return to the small apartment where he and his wife, Ray, were experimenting with wood-molding techniques that would have profound effects on the design world.

Their discoveries led to a commission from the U.S. Navy in 1942 to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells molded under heat and pressure.

After World War II, they adapted the technology to create inexpensive, high-quality chairs that could be mass-produced. The process eliminated the extraneous wood needed to connect the seat with the back, which reduced the weight and visual profile of the chair and established a basis for modern furniture design. The chair is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Read more about the Eames Plywood Chairs' Design Story.


RESOURCES

Read our independent review of the Eames Plywood Chair Collection.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Herman MillerEames Plywood Lounge Chair
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (18)
  • Comfortable (17)
  • Durable (13)
  • Ergonomic (12)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Informal (14)
    • Formal (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Midrange shopper (13), High-end shopper (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing!

    Love this Eames LCW I got in Walnut looks good to additions to my Herman Miller Envelope desk and Aeron chiar.

    Love this Eames LCW I got in Walnut looks good to additions to my Herman Miller Envelope desk and Aeron chiar.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Merely attractive

    Lovely to look at, very hard to get out of. The Dining version is marginally better. Same for the large lounge chair & ottoman piece, which as no neck support for anyone...Read complete review

    Lovely to look at, very hard to get out of. The Dining version is marginally better. Same for the large lounge chair & ottoman piece, which as no neck support for anyone over 5 feet tall. The Eames must have been tiny people.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect timeless versatile chair

    By Sit and Think

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Ergonomic
    • Lightweight
    • Mobile Place Anywhere
    • Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Formal
      • Informal
      • Place Anywhere To Sit
      • Relaxing With A Book
      • Sit And Mend Clothes

      Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

      We purchased this chair to be used anywhere in our 1929 Tudor. We use it in our den to have impromtu discussions, beside our piano to instruct, in our living room beside a window with a view to read or mend clothes or, write a letter or goals for the day. We use it in the master bedroom to read. It is our MOST versatile chair we own and know it will be an heirloom to our children.

       
      4.0

      excellent

      By jb

      from slc, ut

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Ergonomic
      • Lightweight
      • Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dining Room
        • Informal

        Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

        looks great. very comfortable

         
        5.0

        Very comfortable

        By MAB

        from Austin, Tx

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Assemble
        • Ergonomic
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

            So glad we got this chair. Looks great. Super fast shipping from Smart Furniture and arrived in perfect condition.

             
            5.0

            I should have purchased them sooner

            By the collector

            from Columbus, GA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Ergonomic
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • A Low Profile

            Best Uses

            • Formal
            • Informal

            Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

            Great extra seating in the great room, very comfortable and a work of art.

             
            5.0

            timeless design

            By nickwu84

            from Walnut, CA

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Informal

              Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

              timeless design is great to have one(or more) at home

               
              4.0

              very pleased. Got what I wanted.

              By ida

              from L.A. CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Comfortable
              • Ergonomic

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Informal

                Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                as an office chair

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing!

                By OverlandParkKs

                from Overland Park, Kansas

                About Me High-end Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Ergonomic
                • Lightweight
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                  Love this Eames LCW I got in Walnut looks good to additions to my Herman Miller Envelope desk and Aeron chiar.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Like aways http://www.smartfurniture.com/ offers free shipping and customer service is easy and nice to work with but I never had any issues!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best way to buy!

                  By P&G

                  from San Antonio

                  About Me High-end Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • None zero nada

                  Best Uses

                  • Family room
                  • Formal
                  • Informal
                  • Small Spaces

                  Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                  Great for extra seating in a small room or area. Great with pets, easy care and very stylish!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  This is the best way to buy high end products like the Eames PLC. Great product, great service, fast and free shipping, no tax. Just can not beat this anywhere.

                   
                  5.0

                  Eames Plywood Lounge Chair

                  By Mo

                  from Oklahoma city

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Assemble
                  • Ergonomic
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Informal

                    Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                    Great design, very confortable, handsome with excellent finish. Maybe a little pricy but worth the money.I use these chairs, matching table, and leather ottoman in my bedroom.

                     
                    5.0

                    Eames Plywood Molded Lounge Lounge chair

                    By M M L

                    from Oklahoma city

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Comfortable
                    • Ergonomic
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Bedroom
                    • Informal

                    Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                    Great service and Store and great delivery

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    this chair is wonderful

                    By MO

                    from Oklahoma city, OK

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Comforable handsome
                    • Comfortable
                    • Ergonomic
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Informal

                      Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                      this chair is wonderful, just like the classic leather lounge chair and matching ottoman!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      An Independently Commissioned Review

                      By Wes at Delegator

                      from Chattanooga, TN

                      Independent Professional Review by Delegator.com

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Classic Industrial Design
                      • Comfortable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Living Room

                        Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                        First Impressions
                        The Eames Molded Plywood Chair, often referred to as the LCW, was one of the great chairs in the modern furniture movement. Debuted in 1946, and using processes invented for industrial use by Charles and Ray Eames, the chair was ahead of its time. The shape of it, the playful nature of the design, and the technological leap represented in the bent, 3D plywood all helped to make this chair a touchstone of design in the 20th century.

                        Because this chair is a legitimate classic, showcased in museums and retrospectives around the country, it must be reviewed in a different way than, say, the Aeron Chair. The Eames Molded Plywood Chair is not a work chair, not a performance chair; it is just as much about art and sculpture as it is about comfort, support, and technological advancement.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Piece of Art [...]

                        By April W.

                        from Pasadena, CA

                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Comfortable
                        • Ergonomic
                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Informal

                          Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                          This is a piece of art that everyone would enjoy! Very comfortable and provide good back support.

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Smart Furniture is really the PLACE to shop. I have recently purchased the Eames Plywood Lounge Chair during the Herman Miller promotion from them. When I first received my piece, it was a damaged piece. The box was damaged; the chair was chipped, scratched and broken in different areas. I was so disappointed and I sent an email to their customer service, and Karen their Creative Director replied immediately in the middle of the night when I was disappointed with frustration. They promised to have the replacement ASAP. They suspected with the Holiday Season, the holiday shipment has caused the damaged. Anyway, the new replacement was shipped out the next day and it was a perfect piece. Smart Furniture really oblige to their commitment to provide their customer with a happy and quick resolution to your dilemma. By the way, it's Free Tax and Shipping plus Great Customer Service – Thank you Karen!

                           
                          5.0

                          Eames LCW in red stain

                          By redfence

                          from NW Arkansas

                          About Me Midrange Shopper

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Comfortable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Informal

                            Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                            simply beautiful...

                            Service and delivery comments:

                            Very friendly customer service.
                            My Eames LCW chair was delivered to my door straight from Herman Miller.
                            I will definitely buy from Smartfurniture.com again. thanks for the great experience.

                             
                            5.0

                            Perfect fit w/ my older Eames Furniture

                            By Tom M

                            from Canon City, CO

                            About Me Midrange Shopper

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Comfortable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Formal

                              Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                              I have several Eames pieces from my mothers estate including a 7 piece dinning set and the Eames Lounge and ottoman. I love how this item fits in so well with these and the other modern furniture that I have. Many guests have stated that it looks more like art than furniture.

                               
                              5.0

                              I want to buy another one right away!

                              By SN

                              from Chelsea, MI

                              About Me Budget Shopper

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Comfortable
                              • Ergonomic
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Informal

                                Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                                It just looks so lovely in our family room. Warm tones, super comfortable design. We love it!

                                 
                                5.0

                                My Favorite Chair

                                By Karen C.

                                from TN

                                About Me Midrange Shopper

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Comfortable
                                • Ergonomic

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Formal
                                  • Gifts
                                  • Informal

                                  Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                                  I absolutely love this chair. I wish I could purchase one in every color! I am amazed at Charles Eames' ability to design a chair that is extremely comfortable and beautiful. It has a wonderful shape and the quality of material is impressive. The shock mounts on the back provide a softer support and the seat encourages you to sit back and lounge. I hope to someday have one in Santos Palisander, which is just gorgeous. I also selected this product as a great gift item! Hint hint...

                                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Merely attractive

                                  By chairlover

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design

                                  Cons

                                  • Uncomfortable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Informal

                                  Comments about Herman Miller Eames Plywood Lounge Chair:

                                  Lovely to look at, very hard to get out of. The Dining version is marginally better. Same for the large lounge chair & ottoman piece, which as no neck support for anyone over 5 feet tall. The Eames must have been tiny people.

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                                  SHIPPING & DELIVERY


                                  Standard Shipping Service:
                                  Free UPS Ground Delivery!
                                  (within the Contiguous United States)

                                  Shipping Upgrades:
                                  Inside Delivery: $74.00
                                  Inside delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window). Caveat: If you need installation you will need to upgrade to our white glove service.

                                  Premium Inside Delivery (White Glove Delivery ): $99.00
                                  Premium inside delivery is our deluxe delivery option. This service includes a delivery appointment, placement inside your room of choice (two flights or 20 stairs max), unpacking, set up (up to 30 minutes without tools) and debris removal. If you truly want a no hassle delivery experience, this is your best option.

                                  Packaging:
                                  Type: 1 box
                                  Box dimensions: 28" x 27" x 24"
                                  Packaged weight: 23 lbs
                                  Assembly required: None (hooray!)

                                  For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.


                                  WARRANTY

                                  Eames Molded Plywood Chairs are covered by a 5-year warranty from Herman Miller.

                                  Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

                                  Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away

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