We’ve been intrigued by a story recently making the rounds of a Littleton, Colorado, couple who discovered the chair they purchased a year ago at a yard sale was actually an original Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair from 1946. Sarah Keepers and James Hull paid $5 for the design. They had been keeping the chair in their garage and were about to donate it to charity when Sarah happened to turn it over and notice its Herman Miller label. After confirming its origins with a local Herman Miller Workplace Resources office, they learned that similar first-edition chairs by Charles and Ray Eames have fetched anywhere from $14,000 to $150,000.
It’s certainly a tale of good luck, a good deal, and good design. And just for the record, the video interview of the couple calls Herman Miller’s founder “J.D. Du Pree” (it’s D.J. De Pree, but we won’t hold it against anyone) and refers to Charles Eames as “Chuck,” but it’s still a remarkable story that we think would have made them both smile. Check it out here.