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BOOK

REVIEW

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design By Martin Eidelberg et al.Merrell, 2006. 192pp.

£29.95

Much as everyone loves the Eameses, and with due respect to Peter Smithson's comment that 'when we design a chair we make a city in miniature', it still seems a bit much to devote almost 200 pages just to the Eameses' lounge chair. This book accompanies a touring exhibition in the US, currently at New York's Museum of Arts and Design until 3 September.

After an introduction placing the chair in the lineage of Hoffmann, Breuer and Corb, we see the evolution of its design, its prototypes, its manufacture, the finished article with various incumbents, and some of the adverts that speeded its success. 'The unequal pairing of a large chair with footstool alludes to the binary oppositions of parent/child and male/female, ' says one devotional essayist.

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