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Eames Lounge XL by Charles and Ray Eames

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Are we all just getting bigger? Indeed we are, because that midcentury icon, the Eames Lounge Chair, just isn't big enough for us in 2010. So here comes the Eames Lounge XL.

Designed back in 1956 by (you guessed it) Charles and Ray Eames, the chair was the designers' first high-end product and one that still sits proudly in New York's Museum of Modern Art. If you think 'Eames' or 'midcentury', you probably think of this.

According to Vitra, which makes the chair, average height has increased 10cm since we first saw the chair. It doesn't mention weight, but we can take that as a 'given'. With that in mind and working with the Eames family, Vitra has adjusted the dimensions of the seat and back shells so larger people have more comfort, but effectively the same design.

Don't worry if you've not grown, the original is still in production. But if you are more keen on the larger model, the new version in chocolate leather, black pigmented walnut and with a polished aluminium base will be around from September. Expect to pay £3,805, with the Aram Store taking pre-orders now.

Aram Store website

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