The Eames Lounge Chair: A Restoration Specialty Since 1950

Olek Staff

6/20/20242 min read

The Legacy of the Eames Lounge Chair

Since its inception in the 1950s, the Eames Lounge Chair has been an iconic piece of mid-century modern furniture. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, this chair has become a symbol of luxury and comfort, admired by design enthusiasts worldwide. At Olek, we have had the privilege of restoring these masterpieces, ensuring their timeless appeal continues to endure.

Fun Fact! The chair was originally designed to be a take on a sleek 19th century club chair. Charles and Ray Eames chose materials that would resemble a "worn first baseman's mitt"- using materials such as wood veneer, supple leather, and cast aluminum (Portale, 2021).

A Journey Back to 1950

Our journey with the Eames Lounge Chair began in 1950, being one of our first ever projects. With a keen eye for craftsmanship and a passion for preserving design heritage, we started to repair these chairs, recognizing their unique value and the intricate details that make them stand out. Over the decades, we have honed our restoration techniques, staying true to the original design while incorporating modern advancements in materials and methods.

Our Restoration Process

Restoring an Eames Lounge Chair is both an art and a science. Each chair that comes to us is carefully evaluated to determine the extent of restoration needed. We meticulously disassemble the chair, preserving all original components whenever possible. Our skilled artisans then repair or replace damaged parts, using high-quality materials that match the original specifications. The final step is a thorough reassembly, ensuring that the restored chair not only looks pristine but also retains its structural integrity and comfort.

Why Choose Olek for Your Restoration Needs

At Olek, we understand the sentimental and monetary value of the Eames Lounge Chair. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in every restoration project we undertake. Clients choose us not just for our technical expertise, but also for our dedication to preserving the essence of these iconic chairs. By choosing Olek, you are ensuring that your Eames Lounge Chair will continue to be a cherished part of your home for generations to come.

Whether you have a vintage piece that needs a complete overhaul or a newer model requiring minor repairs, our team is equipped to handle all your restoration needs. Reach out to us to learn more about our services and how we can help restore your Eames Lounge Chair to its former glory.