The Eames chair revolutionized the crafting of quality seating in 1956. Ray and Charles Eames wanted a chair that would be both functional and comfortable. In fact, the vision Charles had for the chair was to one that had "the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." His idea evolved into three wood veneer curved plywood shells set level at the floor base but with the chair tilted at a permanent recline. This made for a luxury lounge chair. Anyone who sat in an original Eames model was sitting to relax.
There have been updates to the original Eames chair since its mid-20th century release. One of the aims of the creators was to constantly make use of new materials. There has been a consistent effort to improve the rubber washers in the armrest shock mounts. Newer versions also use Brazilian rosewood veneer rather than several thin layers of glued wood veneer heated and pressurized. The 2006 fifty-year commemorative edition of the chair used Palisander rosewood veneer.
The Eames chair reproduction by Serenity Living Stores capitalizes on the best of all the original design qualities. The pillows that make the original chair such a comfortable place to sit are plush, a quality trait that does not often come with high-end design. Typically, designers focus of beauty and form instead of function. This reproduction makes the cushions contoured, the back of the chair high and sets the signature recline at 15 percent for good ergonomics. It comes in a couple of leather choices: full grain Italian or full grain Aniline.
Although the replica keeps the die cast aluminum base, it offers a slight twist on the wood veneer shells. There is a real wood shell that has been kiln dried and coated with polyurethane. Although the wood veneer is classic and makes the chair easily recognizable, real wood and a much thinner profile gives it a modern touch.
One of the things that makes reproduction companies like Serenity successful at imitating such iconic designs is a commitment to creating products that are hand-made. A large manufacturing process might miss the mark on many of the Eames chair's distinctive features. The company does the same thing with other memorable design styles: bubble, zig zag, pod, egg, mushroom and ball chairs have all found their way into the catalog offerings. This seems the perfect way to honor the classics by finding ways to keep make them new.