Sometimes it's hard to believe that something as beautiful as an Eames chair gets bolted together, just like anything else. I always just pictured the Eameses going into a magic black booth, and later the curtain gets yanked up and the chair is just sitting there.
So it's illuminating to see how the Eames chair is manufactured over at Vitra. Well, not quite manufactured—we wanted to see the cool wood steaming/bending process, but the vid focuses more on assembly of the finished parts:
And for those of you that own one of these and need to take it apart for cleaning or repair, here's how that's done: