The Making of My Eames Lounge Chair

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As the winner of a recent contest, I had the opportunity to travel to Zeeland, Michigan, to tour the Herman Miller facilities and watch the production of my own Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.

The Herman Miller headquarters are beautiful; the GreenHouse, a manufacturing facility, is a truly a masterpiece of green design. However, the true highlight was choosing the specific veneer for my Lounge Chair. I chose a walnut veneer with ivory leather for its clean, simple look.

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Lon, the craftsman who put my chair together, builds approximately 20 chairs each day, and he was very careful, making sure that the leather on each piece was smoothed and stretched out just right. The amount of detail-oriented, handmade work that goes in to each lounge chair and ottoman is amazing! It was apparent that he takes a lot of pride in doing what he does best, preserving the chair’s well deserved icon status.

Anthony Ramirez
DWR Proprietor based in San Francisco