Look Familiar?

If you think you’ve seen Ricardo Marcos’ Quatro chair before, then your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This beautifully crafted chair and footrest combination takes a great amount of inspiration from none other than the ultra-famous 1956 Eames lounge chair. It’s a fabulous, modern twist on the familiar fragment that is sure to be just as timeless.

The chair is composed of a main bent plywood sheet that holds the leather cushions. The armrest and back support is made by a two-piece bent plywood shell that helps the main piece stay in place. The handmade manufacturing process starts with two different molds (one for the seat, one for the two pieces of the armrest, and one more for the support/ottoman). Each bent piece is made of 28 thin layers of veneer glued together inside the molds before drying for almost two weeks. Once this process is complete the final veneer is applied (in this case walnut).

Designer: Ricardo Garza Marcos

13 Comments

  • Nathan says:

    This is a fine looking chair, but the Eames lounge is superior to this piece in every way. Eames didn’t hide the layers, but rather celebrated the fact that the chair was made from ply and didn’t complicate the form by overlapping separate bent ply parts. The iconic Eames lounge exudes a lighter visual weight (and gains flexibility) by breaking up the large expanse of wood support on the back with the steel bracing and padded armrest fixtures, giving the impression that the chair’s parts are near weightless. Eames also created fine vertical continuity in his lounge by aligning the cushion buttons with the rear and bottom braces. This version has an unbalanced proportion of soft blank space in its upholstry. To top off the comparison, Eames’ ottoman carried the same cross section as the rest of the lounge parts, becoming a natural extension of the chair and enhancing the lightweight look. This ottoman is not shaped like the rest of the chair and looks out of place in front of it.

    On its own, this chair is a beautiful piece but, being so closely derived from one of history’s most iconic chairs, it comes across as nothing more than a sub-par counterfeit and will likely be far from timeless.

  • lform says:

    It is a shame that Marcos decided not to use plywood composed of recycled materials. Furthermore Eames used metal braces to elegantly join the components of the chair. Marcos’ design lacks the elegance of Eames.

  • Dave says:

    The Eames was famous for its simple elegant lines and curves, this looks like an eames with crisscrossed lines going everywhere. It was so close, the lines on this chair were great but it looks like the armrest was then bolted on as an afterthought and it’s really thrown everything out. I’d be tempted to go for a much simpler and smaller arm rest, in a contrasting material, leather or steel, the wood grain combined with the current angles is really working against the rest of the design.

    I do like the headrest though, I have an eames and that has to be my one and only criticism, zero head support.

  • Britt says:

    That looks so incredibly comfortable. Would look great in my office. That whole lounging executive look.

  • justgraduated says:

    it’s hard redesigning an iconic piece, especially chairs which are the testament of their time (material, style and even function wise). the question that you have to ask is how does this piece reinterpreted to fit for today ?

    i don’t think it did, like inform says maybe an ecologic approach would have been more successful.

  • desteeph says:

    This is not the first and will not be the last lounge chair to be inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames design. Personally I like the one from Jehs + Laub more: the Shrimp. This design…. Well Ricardo … I will pass on this one. Better next time but keep up the good work.

  • It is amateurish and lacks poetry, presence and panache. The Eames chair is good but the elements go together like after thoughts. The integration of the elements is not sufficiently refined.

  • SamDS says:

    The chair is beautiful but the ottoman is the one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. its too big compared to the slender, angular curve of the chair.

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