The Rise in Popularity of the Eames Style Chair Explained

22nd August 2018

The Rise in Popularity of the Eames Style Chair Explained

Offices. Trendy cafes. Bedrooms. Dining rooms. Family homes. City apartments. They're everywhere. The Eames chair has truly taken over the world of interior design. It's classic, it's timeless and it's relatively inexpensive (as long as you go for the Eames style and not an original!). According to Google Trends, there was a steady incline of the search term 'Eames chair' from 2012 to just last year. Over the past 12 months, it's remained pretty constant but there's been a random burst of interest this past month. And that's just in the United Kingdom! Today, we're going to explore why the Eames style chair has become such an iconic part of interior design.

Mid-century design is massive

You may have noticed that mid-century design is back, and in a big way. If you're not too sure what we mean by 'mid-century', you can check out our blog post on the topic. In a nutshell, this classy style became popular in the 50s and 60s, which would make sense given its name. The mid-century design movement was inspired by the ending of the wars, the industrial revolution and also the Modernist movement. Architects and designers at the time wanted a way to decorate homes that would suit normal, working families. The simplicity and practicality of mid-century design allow it to speak for itself. And of course, the most popular Eames products were created back in the 50s and 60s. So it's not surprising that the Eames style chair is often thought of as the ultimate mid-century furniture.

There are ties with Scandinavian design

When Ray and Charles Eames were designing their famous products, they were heavily influenced by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Aside from this direct inspiration, the Eames style chair also shares many features with typical modern Scandinavian design. For example, the simplicity and industrialism is something seen often in styles across Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The use of natural materials like beech wood is also common in both Scandi design and Eames furniture. So, we can, of course, allude the popularity of the Eames style chair to the massively increased interest in Scandinavian style. They almost come hand in hand!

The simplicity is perfect for modern homes

Let's not forget the most important reason of all. Eames chairs are so popular with people of today due to fact that they fit so perfectly into our modern lives. We're not just talking in the literal sense, although the compact and lightweight nature of these chairs makes them easy to slot into any room or space. No, we're also talking about the design of the chair. The Eames style chair may be taken from an original design back in the 50s, but its evolution over time has remained a classic icon with a fitting contemporary look.  Of course, we admire vintage and retro styles a lot at the moment. Furniture inspired by older times are a great talking point and also a perfect addition to any modern home.

But who knows if this gorgeous piece of furniture will lose popularity as designs change over time? For now, Eames chairs remain more popular than ever.

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