Unlike Keats, who said that knowing about the rainbow shatters its beauty, I feel that the knowledge about an object can only enrich your feelings for the object itself. —Charles Eames
Eames Lounge Chair
Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
Location: Professor’s Lounge (5th Floor)
Now, this isn’t the first Eames design you’ve seen on COHL, and it certainly won’t be the last. However, what makes the Lounge Chair distinctive from other Eames chairs was the purpose in its design. Whereas in other endeavors the Eames’ tried to balance their designs with affordability, the Lounge Chair was all luxury.
And man, is it luxurious. The molded plywood backing supports the rich, leather upholstery while special joints between the sections allow the chair to flex and conform to the user’s body. In fact, one of the central design concepts was to recreate “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Soon after its release, the Lounge Chair became a staple in modern design. Both the Museum of Modern Art and Henry Ford Museum have permanent exhibits featuring the Lounge Chair.
So, we get it. It’s a cool chair. But I’d like to jump back to the quote at the top, if I may. Like Charles Eames’ sentiment, we here at COHL feel that learning about an object enriches our appreciation of the object as well those who made the object possible.
And in this case, we get to take that appreciation a bit further. Because the handsome pair of individuals in the lower photo just so happens to be Gwen Emery, the Director of Library Environments, and Patrick Deaton, the Associate Director for Learning Spaces and Capital Managements. What that translates to is "the people who designed the interior of the entire freaking Hunt Library."
That’s right. You’re looking at the minds behind every chair, couch, table, and workspace in the library. They were gracious enough to give us an extensive tour of the library from a very unique perspective, which we will be including in a future post. But in the mean time, come to the library, take a seat, and bask in the genius of those who made it all possible.