Throw a $3995 Birthday Party

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The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is celebrating its 50th birthday which makes us wonder: could people afford these things in 1956?

Don’t worry, if you can’t spring for the new santos palisander veneer model and a magnum of Dom, you can always buy the book and pop open a few bottles of Zima. Although if you buy the chair from Herman Miller, you get the book for free. Wait, is that with or without the ottoman?

DWR founder Rob Forbes describes how one chair serves as an enduring symbol of modern comforts.