Holy Grail 1956 Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair w Swivel Ottoman Boots + 3 Hole. Listed for sale is the holy grail of Eames lounge chairs. It is a black leather lounge with swiveling ottoman from 1956, the first year of production and more so, what most believe to be the first month... These early examples are fabulously rare and can be identified by a few distinct characteristics.Early on, it was decided to use boot glides on the ottoman. Within months, however, complaints came in about customers losing these boots and therefore a change was made during the same year to begin threading the ottoman underneath to allow for screw-in glides like the chair. This ottoman has no drilled threads underneath and was therefore made for boot glides. Another detail was the swiveling ottoman. Allegedly, the feature was considered dangerous as children would spin around and possibly fall.
This too was changed, but far earlier than versions with just boot glides alone. It is believed that the swiveling ottoman was discontinued in the very earliest month perhaps weeks of production.The earliest examples also had three holes in the armrest brackets for three screws. Within a short period of time also, they decided only two were needed.
Thread type was also changed for the threads of the Eames lounge chair's glide's. The early glides had an 1/8 inch threaded steel, as the chair base was taken from the earlier Eames dining table design, which didn't have the same stress put on it. The glides were changed also during late 1956 to have 1/4 inch threaded steel to make them more robust.This example has all of these rare characteristics and can date it relatively precisely to the very beginning of 1956. Along with this, the chair features early round steel clips and down filled leather cushions. They are soft and properly plump for a chair of this vintage. No tears or rips are present on any of the cushions. These are down filled cushions and are beautifully worn.
The rosewood shells are in great shape aside from visible wear as noted in photos. The finish is lovely and holding up well. The aluminum bases are in good. Paint is nicely patina'd. Glides are somewhat worn, but function nicely.Please let me know if photos of other details are desired. And I will make sure that it is as inexpensive for you as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me a message. I will get back to you as quickly as I can. D ROSE MOD was founded in order to pursue a passion for modern design. The business began as a collection with an emphasis on furniture by Charles and Ray Eames. This collection now explores modern design icons across many decades, designers, and materials.
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The item "Holy Grail 1956 Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Swivel Ottoman Boots 3 Hole" is in sale since Sunday, June 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods & Styles\Mid-Century Modernism".
The seller is "d-rose-mod" and is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.