Ten Homes Where Classic Eames Chairs Add Mid-Century Modern Flair

For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 interiors featuring some of Charles and Ray Eames’ best-known chair designs, including the couple’s Shell Chair and Lounge Chair.

The Eames designers were known for their iconic mid-century modern furniture, which is still widely loved and can be seen in a number of contemporary interiors.

Among the most popular Eames designs are their chairs, many of which are still in production. The original chairs have become sought-after vintage finds, and the designs are often copied, 60 years after they were first released.

Here we’ve rounded up 10 projects on Dezeen that feature Eames chairs, ranging from a penthouse in Belgium to a narrow house in London and the designers’ own home.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring tiled living spaces, ornate ceilings and plasterwork, and homes with deliberately unfinished interiors.

Photo by Olmo Peeters

Riverside Tower Apartment, The Netherlands, by Studio Okami Architecten

The interior of this Belgian apartment in a brutalist concrete building has been brought to life with tactile furniture made from organic materials and features a number of design classics.

In the home office area, Vitra’s Eames Aluminum Desk Chair, designed in 1958, adds an elegant touch to the room and is contrasted by an abstract red chair.

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Bright loft with modern furniture
Photo by Justin Chung

Biscuit Loft, USA, by OWIU Studio

OWIU Studio took inspiration from Japanese style when designing the sunny Biscuit Loft in Los Angeles, and also added a number of mid-century modern furnishings.

A white Eames lounge chair with matching ottoman takes pride of place in the living room, matching the white sofa and coffee table as well as the other classic piece in the room, the Knoll Wassily lounge chair designed by the architect Marcel Brewer.

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Catching the Sun House by Studioshaw
Photo by James Brittain

Catching Sun House, UK, by Studioshaw

A collection of Eames DSR chairs add color to the open plan kitchen and dining area of ​​this Walthamstow home built on a hidden fill site.

Exposed cinder blocks were used for both the interior and exterior, with a plywood ceiling giving the space a warm feel.

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Eames House Conservation Management Plan
Photo by Leslie Schwartz and Joshua White

Eames House, USA, by Ray and Charles Eames

The Eames’ own home embodies the couple’s design aesthetic and is filled with their furniture, books, fabrics, artwork, seashells, rocks and straw baskets.

In the study area of ​​the modernist house, the task chair chosen is naturally one of the duo’s creations – a Soft Pad armchair designed in the 1960s and produced by ICF.

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An open plan office and living room
Photo by Lit Ma

Grosvenor Residence, China, by Lim + Lu

Multidisciplinary design firm Lim + Lu renovated this Hong Kong family apartment to give it the feel of an “elegant yet quaint summer home.”

Neutral colors have been used throughout, with green plants adding life to the rooms and matching the wooden details of the furniture, which includes an elegant Eames lounge chair in black leather and rosewood.

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Slot House in Peckham, London, by Sandy Rendel Architects, in collaboration with Sally Rendel
Photo by Jim Stephenson

Slot House, UK, by Sandy Rendel

A disused lane in Peckham, south London, has been transformed into the aptly named Slot House by Sandy Rendel Architects and Sally Rendel.

The 2.8 meter wide house has an office space upstairs clad, like the rest of the house, with spruce plywood and cork flooring. An Eames Shell chair is an eye-catching office chair.

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Irwin Caplan's Laurelhurst House by SHED
Photo by Rafael Soldi

House in Seattle, USA, by SHED

This Pacific West Coast home, originally built for designer Irwin Caplan, has been renovated by American studio SHED.

The studio has given the home, designed in 1951, a refresh with a more open layout, but has retained its mid-century modern feel with an interior that features many design classics.

In the kitchen and dining room, a set of Shell chairs by Eamses creates a stark white contrast to the paneled walls.

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Fireplace in Penthouse BV by Adjo Studio
Photo by Renaat Nijs

Penthouse BV, Belgium, by Adjo Studio

Warm autumnal colors have been used in this living room of a penthouse in Belgium designed by Adjo Studio. An earth-toned rug and rust-toned seats contrast with the greenery outside the window, with the colors lifted in a set of decorative tealight holders.

Wood paneling above the fireplace, sand-colored curtains and an Eames lounge chair with a wooden frame complete the interior.

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6M House by Jannina Cabal in Ecuador
Photo by JAG Studio

6M House, Ecuador, by Jannina Cabal

The DCW Eames plywood chair is less well known than the duo’s Shell chairs, but is nonetheless a design classic. The chair was designed in 1945 from molded plywood and features a rounded seat and back and arched legs.

In the 6M house in Ecuador, two DCW chairs are found in the living room, where they blend well with the bookcase and wood paneling.

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Bedroom with woodwork
Photo is by Joe Fletcher

Moore House, USA, by Woods + Dangaran

Moore House in Los Angeles was originally built in 1965 and updated by local firm Woods + Dangaran in 2021. The studio used vintage and contemporary pieces for the interior, including the Eames lounge chair in one of the bedrooms.

On the bedside tables, vintage Akari light fixtures by designer Isamu Noguchi also nod to the house’s mid-century origins.

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This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring tiled living spaces, ornate ceilings and plasterwork, and homes with deliberately unfinished interiors.

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