Ghost chairs

The United States furniture market is responsible for more than 60 billion dollars each year. The furniture market includes the typical living room sofa, but there is also a tier of higher end designer furniture pieces like the Eames lounge chair, Tolix stool or the Noguchi coffee table.

We get our word sofa from the Arabic word that means bench, but we have had furniture for nearly forever. Whether you are interested in ghost chairs, other designer chairs or even replica furniture you should do some research to understand the design considerations and possibilities.

In terms of modern chairs, the Eames lounge chair and ottoman are made of molded plywood and leather as designed by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller. They are known for their many takes on the molded wood designs, for example the LCW, or lounge chair wood, has been deemed the best design of the twentieth century. They began these designs, like the Eames lounge chair, by pressing plywood against forms that were heated. The result was an organically molded shape from sheets of wood veneer. The Eames lounge chair is also part of the collection at the MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

New home furnishings sales slowed down as a result of the housing market crash and recession in 2008, but they have started to track increases starting in 2012. That affects the high end Eames lounge chair and the general furniture store offerings equally. It may be no surprise for a chair and ottoman that could cost several thousand dollars new. Regardless of the cost, the Eames lounge chair has an interesting past for a piece of furniture. It first appeared to the public on the NBC Home show in 1956 and went on sale shortly thereafter to the public. Refernce materials:

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