It's tough to explain why a chair is a big deal. The one you see above, in that shape, known as the Eames "Shell" Chair, has been on the market for over 60 years. It's in the Museum of Modern Art, it's in every bourgeoise coffee shop from Brooklyn to Bombay, you can buy knockoffs on Craigslist for $100 bucks. It's ubiquitous. It's iconic.
So why then are we talking about one of the most talked about chairs of all time? Are we beating a dead mid century modern horse with a burled walnut stick? No, and here's why: