Originally conceived in 1956 as a modern take on the English club chair, we've always admired the Eames Lounge Chair for its unparalleled comfort, its discreet proportions and the fact that although it comes from the past it fits perfectly into the present (just like Esquire in fact). Now they've made a bigger version, so that certain people — of less discreet proportions themselves — can love it too.
Vitra (the official licencees and manufacturers of the only version you should contemplate buying) points out that average human height has increased by nearly 10cm over the last 50 years – something that’s obvious to the ageing gig-goers among us. Launched at the recent Milan Furnture Fair, the new version sports a larger seat, adjusted armrests and a higher backrest. Nothing else, including the ottoman, has been altered in any way and the difference can’t so much be seen as felt.
You may think messing with a design icon like this is sacriligous but Vitra says it worked on the new version with the Eames family and that identifying social needs was a big part of Charles Eames’ original ethos. And anyway the original will stay in production, ensuring that those of you with the will power to always say no to that second helping will still have the motivation for doing so. www.vitra.com