Automotive Designer Ian Callum Rethinks The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair
British designer Ian Callum is the man behind some of the most stunning automotive vehicles in history, having penned vehicles for Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and others during his storied career, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar F-TYPE, Ford RS200, and more.
In June 2019, Callum announced that he was stepping down to “pursue other design projects”, and focusing his energy on his firm Callum Designs. And one of their first projects is… a piece of furniture, offering a new take on the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, which was first unveiled by Herman Miller in 1956.
Already a great-looking chair in its own right, Callum puts his own unique spin on it, adding contemporary materials and trim to a refined new shape. As you can see here, he uses Bridge of Weir leather, wooden panels, and exposed carbon fiber. This and the two other upcoming designs will remain one-off prototypes… unless they drum up enough customer interest.
“We did this for the love of design and a new challenge, a project to experiment and discover new things,” Ian Callum told Robb Report. “I’ve longed to do something different, a project outside of automotive that would excite me. I’ve had a life-long love of furniture forms, so we decided to do a chair.”
While this is more of a design study than anything else, something tells me that a well-heeled Vanquish owner wouldn’t mind adding one of these beauties to their home, if nothing else for bragging rights about owning two stunning Ian Callum originals, price be damned. Interested buyers can inquire at email@example.com.