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Comfy modern-ish living room recliners? Eames/Ekornes/etc?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by j, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I need a better, more ergonomic place to sit while I work in the living room. The couch is killing my back, and my Ekornes chair doesn't seem to fit me right. I've always loved the look of the classic Eames recliner/ottoman, though even a repro may be a bit over budget. The Ekornes is in great shape so I can probably get a couple/few hundred for it toward a new one. Does anyone have suggestions? How comfortable is the Eames (repro) over long periods of time?

    I'd prefer leather and bent wood construction, no big nasty velour lazyboys, but with decent padding on all contact surfaces (no wood arms). I'm willing to sacrifice some style points for good ergos but it can't be ugly. It would probably be best if it were something possibly available used.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    I'm not wealthy but, last year, my wife and I splurged on a 50th anniversary Eames 670/671 lounge chair. It was a huge expense, but it is truly an astounding chair - and on a per hour basis, it's actually starting to look pretty good! If you can find a used one, I highly recommend it. A used Eames Soft Pad lounger can sometimes be found much cheaper and is also a very comfy chair. And look for ones without ottomans - the orphaned chairs are usually cheaper and orphaned ottomans come along often.
     
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    It's not a recliner, and may be available at huge expense with leather, but I found the full-pad Bertoia diamond chair to be really comfortable. You're probably going to have go sit in some chairs.

    The Eames works for some people, but not if you're too tall.

    Are you going to be working on a laptop on your lap?

    --Andre
     
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    "Test drive" some of these classic designs.
    I found Le Corbusier to be uncomfortable.
    Barcelona Chair -get the ottoman, I'm always looking for something to prop my feet up on something with this chair. Again, not the best chair for stay at home 2 hr. movie viewing.
     
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    The Eames is not too comfortable actually (even an original).
     
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    The Eames is not too comfortable actually (even an original).

    huh? This chair?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011101696.html

    It is actually incredibly comfortable. More so than any other design icons

     
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    Yeah, I will be working on a laptop on my lap. I'll look into the options mentioned. I was surprised by how comfortable the Barcelona chair is, but I think I want armrests. Then again, the nice thing working on the couch is that I can have the mouse next to me with my arm in a comfortable position. It would be nice if there were a few other options for not-ugly comfortable chairs.
     
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    huh? This chair? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011101696.html It is actually incredibly comfortable. More so than any other design icons
    It's more comfortable than a Wassily or a Barcelona, that's true. But try laying in it for a long period of time (maybe you already have and it didn't bother you). I tried doing a search to see if I was the only one that felt this way and came up with a couple of links but maybe I'm in the minority. Either way I don't think people buy it for comfort and do it more for looks. The womb chair is more comfortable to me. I also don't like that you can find the chair (and knockoffs) everywhere you go but now I'm nitpicking. http://www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=1217
     
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    Yeah, I will be working on a laptop on my lap. I'll look into the options mentioned. I was surprised by how comfortable the Barcelona chair is, but I think I want armrests. Then again, the nice thing working on the couch is that I can have the mouse next to me with my arm in a comfortable position. It would be nice if there were a few other options for not-ugly comfortable chairs.
    You think the barcelona is comfortable? Impressive.
     
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    You think the barcelona is comfortable? Impressive.
    I don't know if I'd like to sit in it for long periods, but I was expecting it to be much less comfortable than it is, considering the shape and look of the cushions.

    Has anyone tried the PC-6 Perfect Chair? It doesn't look too bad but might take up too much space.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Eames Lounge Chair is NOT comfortable for reading/laptop/etc. It forces you to slouch forward.

    I have an old Ikea Poang chair which I want to replace, but I have not found anything nearly as comfortable. The newer version is cheap/shoddy and a little too small, but for $200-300 it will hold you over until you find the perfect chair. I'm still looking.......
     
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    I find the Saarinen Womb Chair to be the most comfortable of the group, but it is a love or hate design. The Eames chair is also quite comfortable. All of them need to be sat in, because a lot of the comfort factor has to do with the size of the person sitting.

    The classic that is least comfortable is the Egg Chair, which is, IMO, also the most beautiful. I feel comfort is overrated, so we have the Egg chair.
     
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    It is actually incredibly comfortable. More so than any other design icons


    I am 6' 2" and I found it to be uncomfortable for any period longer than an hour. It forced my shoulders forward creating bad posture. I sold mine years ago for that reason.

    For that reason I urge you to try any of chair before buying it to be sure it fits you. Especially if you are tall.
     
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    I am 6' 2" and I found it to be uncomfortable for any period longer than an hour.
    I'm 6'2" too and frankly could not tell how many evenings I've spent in this chair watching movies - probably 100... Always found it extremely comfortable, way more than a plush sofa.

    I love the Le Corbusier chaise longue but I think it's best used when fully reclined and don't particularly like sitting in it when it's upright. Best chaise longue ever for a rest or nap IMO
     
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    I've always liked the LC4 but I don't know if I have the room for one, nor if it would be good for laptop work. I am 6' and the reason I can't stand my Ekornes is that it forces my head and shoulders forward. So I guess I'll make a mission to find an Eames chair and some of these others to try out sometime. I have a really awful back so I can't afford to sit in something that's going to make me suffer.
     
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    If you have an awful back you may really need something that allows you to adjust the pitch. Many people with bad backs need to be able to move and not be locked into one position for a long period of time. It is something to consider when making your decision.
     
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    This doesn't apply to j's question, but I've been using a laptop at home recently quite a bit, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the Saarinen dining table and Eames fiberglass side chairs are a really comfortable work setup. It works whether I'm slouching or sitting up straight, and is good for a few hours of working.

    One of the articles linked to earlier kind of discounted the possibility of ergonomic design that went into some modern classics, but every time I feel that bevel underneath the table or the give of the fiberglass or I wrap my feet around the table's tulip spindle to stretch out and support my legs, I can't help but think that quite a bit of thought went into their interactions with the human body.

    It works as well as the workstation desk I have at work without looking ugly. I guess my point is that one shouldn't discount a design just because it doesn't look ergonomic.

    --Andre
     
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    The Cassina Dodo is very comfy.
     

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