Over the years it has added a version with ash veneer and white cushions as well as a version with black lacquered ash. Swiss brand Vitra introduced the Eames Lounge to the European market. The curving shell sections of the chair and ottoman are formed from plywood veneer that is glued, heated and pressed over moulds. A zipper sewn onto the edge of the cushions attaches to a plastic backing that then clips onto a series of hidden rings. An innovative fastening system is used to fix the cushions to the shells without the need for visible screws or nails. Images courtesy of Herman Miller. The moulded plywood and leather lounge chair by American Modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames is the letter E in our A-Zdvent calendar. Earlier this year, designer Ora-Ïto created an homage to the Eames’ “most famous” chair by proposing a Nike trainer with similar curved veneer sections. American furniture brand Herman Miller has been producing the chair since the year of its design. Charles Eames purportedly began designing the chair as a modern alternative to the traditional English club chair that retained the ample proportions and comfort of this archetypal product but employed the latest materials and craftsmanship.