Eames Ottoman by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
The Eames Ottoman, with its companion Lounge Chair, is considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century. The rich veneer and supple leather of this ottoman suggest old-fashioned luxury translated into modern forms, setting an enduring standard for comfort and elegance. The ottoman, along with the lounge chair, has been on display for decades at museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and New York's Museum of Modern Art. It's truly one of the most famous and well-respected ottomans ever built, and it can be yours.
The Eames Lounge Chair can be purchased here.
What's to Like:
Everything. The rich leather, the elegant and groundbreaking molded plywood shell, the comfortable cushion, and the bright polished aluminum. Not to mention the historic nature of the ottoman's design, and the cultural cachet of the Eames name. Especially when paired with the Lounge Chair, this is the Emperor of all ottomans.
What's Not to Like:
This is an expensive piece, and very fine one. It's worth every penny, but that's a lot of pennies. Also, you can feel free to get it separately from the Lounge Chair if you'd like - but it really does look great with the chair.
If you're looking for a modern classic, you can't buy a better ottoman for your home. This is the absolute creme de la creme, made by the greatest design team of all time, produced by the best furniture company in America.
- 17.25" h x 26" w x 21.5" d
- Seven-ply cherry or walnut veneer shell with leather upholstery
- Six-inch-thick urethane foam cushion
- Die-cast aluminum base, painted black with brightly polished aluminum trim
- Adjustable stainless steel glides
- Stock Leather
Chromium free and from Austria this stock Herman Miller leather is a winner for most. With a matte, soft feel this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items.
- Open Line Leather
Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.
- MCL Leather
Italian by birth, MCL has a soft hand and natural touch with great performance; and it's easy on the earth. It will show more wrinkles over time and wear well. Avoid high-wear applications that require high cleanability and those which expose the leather to direct sunlight. It has a medium grain and shine and is a nice upgrade from the standard leather for the price.
- Dream Cow Leather
With a gentle calfskin grain (it's not calfskin though, its European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. This is a leather of great versatility, perfect when Royal Hide is out of budget, but where the look is wanted.
- Metallic Dream Cow Leather
A gentle calfskin grain (again, not calfskin but European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Updated, offbeat, moody colors.
- All Grain Leather
Not too big - not too small - just "All Grain". Color and quality together wedding grain and color, always with a feeling of luxury. European full grain aniline dyed cowhide powered by Crypton, "All Grain" becomes an easy choice for high traffic areas and commercial offices.
- Royal Hide Leather
This versatile leather is the most beautiful of its kind. The color range is huge, reflecting its broad applicability. It will develop a rich patina over time, making it a great heirloom, eliminating the need for reupholstery. A European full grain aniline dyed cowhide leather with no limits - sky, earth, sea.
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century. The rich veneer and supple leather suggest old-fashioned luxury translated into modern forms, setting an enduring standard for comfort and elegance.
The chair has been on display for decades at museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, and New York's Museum of Modern Art, and the reams of scholarly, critical, and fan writing and correspondence is enormous. It's truly one of the most famous and well-respected chairs ever built, and now it can be yours through Smart Furniture and Herman Miller (Herman Miller secured the rights to sell Eames furniture, and there isn't a more fine or trustworthy furniture company out there).
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman can also be purchased together.
The Eames Ottoman's shell is one molded, curved plywood shell. The shell is made with several thin layers of wood veneer adhered together and shaped under heat and pressure. The plywood and cushions are the shaped the same (i.e., composed of two curved forms interlocking to form a solid mass).
Charles Eames' innovation in material selection is also apparent in the ottoman cushion. Instead of stapled or nailed upholstery, the cushion is sewn with a zipper around the outer edge that connects it to a stiff backing. The backing is adhered to the shell with hidden clips and rings. This design allows the visible veneer to be unmarred by screws or bolts. The Eames Ottoman has glides that are threaded so that the chair may remain level.
There's good reason that Herman Miller has stayed true to the same design that was thought up so long ago. To this day, it has a truly distinctive look. Read more about the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman's distinctive look.
The Herman Miller Eames Ottoman is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: ES670, ES671, ES67071.
All of the Eames Ottoman's die-cast aluminum components are are made from 100-percent recycled material and are 100 percent recyclable. Steel components contain approximately 25 percent recycled content and are 100 percent recyclable. Most metal components have a powder-coat paint finish that emits negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Foam materials are part of an open-loop system and can be recycled into everything from automotive components to carpet padding at the end of their current life. The Eames Ottoman's packaging materials include corrugated cardboard and a polyethylene plastic bag. These materials are part of a closed-loop recycling system, meaning they can be recycled repeatedly.
Charles and Ray Eames
Designers, artists, thinkers, and filmmakers- the Eameses were married for 37 years, and operated the Office of Ray and Charles Eames together for 35 of those years. They were partners in every sense of the word, sharing a home, an office, and collaborating on every piece of furniture and film they made together. For many years it was thought that Charles had been the driving force behind most of their design work, but recent findings have proven what had always been obvious about the two; they were inseparable, and the ideas they had and the projects they worked on were mutual and cooperative.
Charles and Ray collaborated on some of the most stunning and beautiful film and design projects of the last century. They are responsible for the Powers of Ten film, Tocatta for Toy Trains (film), The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the Eames Aluminum Group furniture, the molded plywood chair, the TimeLife chair and stool, and various award winning museum exhibitions, including Mathematica. The Eames left not a stone unturned in their lifelong quest to bring the "uncommon beauty of common thing" into modern design, and practically no medium was ever eschewed when it came to getting their point across. Separately they would be ranked extremely high on any respectable list of great designers in the 20th century, but together they were unstoppable.
The Office of Charles and Ray Eames is still operating in California, with family member Lucia (daughter) and Eames Demetrios (grandson) running the family business. A great place for innovative and now historic film, toys, furniture and exhibits, the Office of Charles and Ray Eames is a California treasure.