Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman Rosewood Mid Century Vintage 670 671
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Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman Rosewood Mid Century Vintage 670 671:
Up for sale is a beautiful vintage Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair, model 670 and 671. This particular set has a gorgeous, deep, dark, Brazilian rosewood shell with nice grain. The chair and ottoman are both in black leather and have aged magnificently. The chair still has its original Herman Miller medallion. It is a medallion generally associated with a pre-1971 production, however, it was still used during the transitional period around 1971.
Around 1971, Herman Miller made a few changes to the Eames lounge and ottoman in order to make it a better functioning and longer lasting chair. They changed the clips from the round clip style to longer black clips. They changed the cardboard backing to a plastic fiberboard, changed the cushion filling, and soon changed the label from a round medallion to a rectangular black label. A few other minor changes were made as well, all going along with Charles and Ray Eames' philosophy to improve a design over time.
In terms of features and date of production, this chair appears to have been made right around 1971. It features the round medallion, however, also has my personal favorite mix of cushion filling. Before 1971, cushions were almost always down and goose feather filled. After the mid 70's I believe, the cushions were generally all foam. During this time, however, one often finds cushions that have a mix of both foam and down. These cushions are part down and part foam. This delivers the great comfort of down cushions, without giving off the sagging appearance after a few years. I love them! My personal set has this mix and I love it dearly.
Overall, the cushions are in wonderful shape. There are a no real scratches that I can see, no cat scratches, and no tears. The leather is supple, clean, and in better condition than any older chair I've owned. I can only spot a couple of areas where the topcoat or whatever finish they originally used came off and those are 1-3 millimeters in diameter. I have to really search to find the one or two I am referring to.
The fiberboard backings look great and strong. One of the seat cushions has a small crack by one of the five clips, but the clip still works without issue. One of the pictures also shows a slightly discolored zipper. I think it must have just aged and faded to that color. It is consistent. I made sure that these cushions were always black and they were.
The armrests have aged well and show expected wear for their age. They are both supple as well.
The rosewood shells are in excellent condition. The there are no scratches on the faces that I can see and the finish feels smooth to the touch. In the last picture, you can see the only two notable flaws I found. There are two small chips on the right side of the seat panel. This can be easily filled and stained, though they do not feel rough and it never bothered me personally.
The shock mounts are in great shape and the chair still holds strong, without the leaning that can be found with other chairs that have failing mounts.
Bases and Metal
The aluminum bases are in excellent condition. The feet move nicely, paint is all there, and aluminum still gives off a lovely shine.There are a couple of light scratches on the back brackets, though they can be polished out if really desired.Shipping Options
The buyer may pick up the set, have it shipped by me (buyer will pay for full shipping cost, though will not have to arrange it), or discuss potential delivery within reason following the end of the sale. The listed shipping cost is an estimate, though I can likely stay below that number for most areas of the country. If you win the item, we can discuss shipping options, prices, etc. and I will make sure that it is as inexpensive for you as possible.
I work with a shipper locally who has great prices and has been complemented with every piece of furniture I've shipped.If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me a message. I will get back to you as quickly as I can. Thank you!On May-02-13 at 19:09:04 PDT, seller added the following information: