I’ve discovered a new Sunday afternoon pass time that may replace my usual sitting-on-the-couch-watching-bad-movies ritual. It involves 3 simple things: a cup of tea (either the spicy, wintery Hot Toboggan or this deliciously popcorn-tinged Movie Night, both from David’s Tea), a good read (my iPad is currently loaded with At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson and back issues of Vanity Fair), and my new (faux) Eames chair.
The Eames Chair + Ottoman combo has been a classic staple of interior decorating since 1956, when husband and wife designers Charles and Ray Eames created this iconic chair for the Herman Miller company. This chair has managed to stand the test of time with its clean lines, incredible ergonomic comfort, and a unique blend of wood with leather (think: minimalist and modern Ikea-style plywood chair meets the timeless comfort of a La-Z-Boy).
In short, I’m absolutely in love with it. The great thing about this chair is that it fits with most home styles – you don’t need to be ultra-modern, or have it surrounded by other ’50s/’60s furniture. Apartment Therapy has a great article on this iconic Eames design, and showcases 10 different rooms where the chair fits (all giving off vastly different vibes).
The only drawback of this chair? The price. An original Herman Miller Eames chair and ottoman set can cost upwards of $4,500. But Rove Concepts, a Vancouver-based store where my chair came from, offers quality imitations at a fraction of the price. They feel just as comfortable, but won’t set you back as much. If you’re going to invest in one non-Ikea piece of furniture, that will last you a long time, I highly recommend this chair. It makes these too-cold and too-short winter weekends pretty awesome – whether you’re reading in it or just taking an afternoon nap.
UPDATE: How it all came together – Eames chair from Rove and the Nicole Tarasick Airport pillow…