In many cases, car-obsessed nuts like ourselves will often overlook the demands of home furniture but spend hours agonizing over the driver’s seat. A good snug chair in a sportscar can mean the difference between feeling like a well-harnessed racing driver and being tossed around like a loose can of soup in the trunk. Likewise, when it comes to luxobarges, having a back seat that can rival that found in a first-class airliner is an equally make-or-break element.
But taking a step back from the rigors of car design, Ian Callum — famed for penning such automotive icons as the Aston Martin DB9 and Jaguar I-Pace — has turned his hand to creating a chair for the lounge.
Straight off the bat, the lounge chair by Callum Design unapologetically takes inspiration from the 1956 Eames Lounge Chair and Otterman — a design that is recognized by many as the gold standard of luxury living space seating.
Where Callum Design has dipped into its bucket of automotive inspiration is in the materials and appearance. The chair has been “lightened,” with an exposed carbon fiber spine. The wood used is smoked eucalyptus, and the aluminum base is hand-finished to complement the carbon. The chair is available in ten leather “trim” options, while color can be selected from what has been described as an “infinite” palette.
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The Eames-inspired lounger is a welcome break from the usual “automotive-inspired” seating options that invariably result in some kind of needlessly-g-force-countering gaming chair.
However, the Callum Lounge Chair isn’t cheap either. Priced at £8,500 (approx $10,400) before taxes, it’ll leave a sizeable hole in whatever remodeling budget you may have. And, while it’s designed to be a statement centerpiece, it’s almost double the price of what Herman Miller’s Eames Lounge Chair and Otterman starts at.
But, limited to just 50 units, and with some indisputable automotive pedigree being injected into the design process, it may just be the perfect option to finish off the ultimate man cave.