The longest running lounge act.

When designing their Lounge and Ottoman (1956), Charles and Ray Eames asked themselves, “How do you design a chair for someone else?” The solution they came up with was to look for the universal side of themselves and design for that, since “we all have more in common with each other than we do with a rock, tree or fish.” Pairing that approach with their vision to create a chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt,” ultimately led to the design of the Eames® Lounge and Ottoman. The video above is of the chair’s debut on Arlene Francis’ “Home” show on NBC. While Ms. Francis’ words are dated (“Almost always, when there’s a successful man, there’s a very interesting and able woman behind him.”), the iconic Eames Lounge has endured as a timeless classic. (P.S. The Herman Miller Sale ends Sunday.)