Eames Executive Chair

Eames Executive Chair

View All Designers Charles and Ray Eames Learn more What’s In It For You Product Story It’s All in the Details Expanded Options Luxurious Comfort Product Story Eames Executive Work Chairs—known also as Time-Life chairs—were created, along with the Eames walnut stools, for the three ultramodern lobbies of the Time-Life Building in 1960. Also appropriate because, when you sit in this chair, you’ll have the time of your life. It’s All in the Details This luxurious chair is an example of Charles Eames’s belief that “details are not details; they make the product.” Generously sized, the executive work chair features a lightweight aluminum frame and base and finely detailed leather or fabric upholstery accented with covered buttons and edge details typical of traditional fine furniture. Expanded OptionsIf you choose leather, you can opt for our contract-grade leather or our new MCL Leather, a premium, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time. The MCL Leather is available in black or pearl—and in more colors in fall 2011. And to complement lighter materials, we are offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with the traditional polished aluminum. Luxurious Comfort Comfort comes first. The seat has 4-1/2-inch-thick foam cushions; the back cushions are 3 inches thick. Armrests are well padded. Adjustable seat height, tilt-swivel mechanism, and a five-star base add to the comfort. Available with casters or glides, so the chairs can work well in a conference room, board room, conversation area, or behind a desk. Design Story When George Nelson asked Charles Eames to help in the design of the U.S. pavilion at the Moscow world exhibition in 1959, they needed to work fast. Eames called his friend Henry Luce, the chairman of Time-Life, to ask that Time-Life’s vast archive of images be open to him. Luce’s only condition was that Eames return the help one day.A year after the exhibition in Moscow—a great success, featuring Eames’s multi-screen slide show, a first—Luce called to ask Eames for a chair for the executive floors of his new building. The Eameses responded with the Time-Life chair and walnut stools. We still produce them, and with our new MCL Leather offering, we are returning the soft hand that characterized the original.
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Eames Executive Chair

What’s In It For You Product Story It’s All in the Details Expanded Options Luxurious Comfort Product Story Eames Executive Work Chairs—known also as Time-Life chairs—were created, along with the Eames walnut stools, for the three ultramodern lobbies of the Time-Life Building in 1960. Also appropriate because, when you sit in this chair, you’ll have the time of your life. It’s All in the Details This luxurious chair is an example of Charles Eames’s belief that “details are not details; they make the product.” Generously sized, the executive work chair features a lightweight aluminum frame and base and finely detailed leather or fabric upholstery accented with covered buttons and edge details typical of traditional fine furniture. Expanded OptionsIf you choose leather, you can opt for our contract-grade leather or our new MCL Leather, a premium, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time. The MCL Leather is available in black or pearl—and in more colors in fall 2011. And to complement lighter materials, we are offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with the traditional polished aluminum. Luxurious Comfort Comfort comes first. The seat has 4-1/2-inch-thick foam cushions; the back cushions are 3 inches thick. Armrests are well padded. Adjustable seat height, tilt-swivel mechanism, and a five-star base add to the comfort. Available with casters or glides, so the chairs can work well in a conference room, board room, conversation area, or behind a desk. Design Story When George Nelson asked Charles Eames to help in the design of the U.S. pavilion at the Moscow world exhibition in 1959, they needed to work fast. Eames called his friend Henry Luce, the chairman of Time-Life, to ask that Time-Life’s vast archive of images be open to him. Luce’s only condition was that Eames return the help one day.A year after the exhibition in Moscow—a great success, featuring Eames’s multi-screen slide show, a first—Luce called to ask Eames for a chair for the executive floors of his new building. The Eameses responded with the Time-Life chair and walnut stools. We still produce them, and with our new MCL Leather offering, we are returning the soft hand that characterized the original.
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Eames Executive Chair

Eames Executive/Lobby Chair 1961 – Present In 1959, Charles and Ray Eames debuted their first multi-screen film, Glimpses of the USA, at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, thereby introducing “the man on the street in Russia” to average Americans. To assist in their efforts with this film, legendary Time Inc. founder, Henry Luce, gave the husband-and-wife team free access to the Time/Life Library of photos. One year later, Luce called in a favor, asking the Eameses to design the lobbies for his new Time & Life Building in Manhattan. One of the designs Charles and Ray came up with for the lobbies was a plush, padded, leather swivel chair. Their goal was to create something smaller than the Eames Lounge Chair that brought the same comfort and that one could also use as a conference chair. The earliest examples became known as the “Time Life Lobby Chairs.” The design consists of three individual upholstered sections connected by aluminum sides. Over the years, various versions have been produced, but they all have one thing in common: outstanding comfort. In 1972, the American chess grandmaster, Bobby Fischer, specifically requested this chair design for his match with Russian opponent, Boris Spassky. Fischer explained that it was the only seat in which he could really concentrate. Spassky then made the same demand, prompting the tournament’s sponsors to hurriedly acquire a second Eames chair for the match. This design, which is still manufactured today, is called the Eames Executive Chair by Herman Miller and the Eames Lobby Chair by Vitra.
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Also known as the Time-Life Chair, this iconic piece was originally created for the executive floors of New York City’s Time-Life Building. How those lucky executives were able to get an Eames chair designed just for them began with Time-Life Chairman Henry Luce. In 1959, Charles Eames asked Luce for photographs from the Time-Life archive to be used in a slideshow he was creating for the U.S. pavilion at the Moscow World Exhibition. Luce agreed, as long as Eames promised to return the favor one day. The following year, Eames made good on that promise, and 50 years later, the world is still enjoying the results of that arrangement. The generously sized Eames Executive Chair tilts, swivels and has a height-adjustable seat with thick, plush cushions. Backed by a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty. This is the authentic Eames Executive Chair by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
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Description Also known as the Time-Life Chair, this iconic piece was originally created for the executive floors of New York City’s Time-Life Building. How those lucky executives were able to get an Eames chair designed just for them began with Time-Life Chairman Henry Luce. In 1959, Charles Eames asked Luce for photographs from the Time-Life archive to be used in a slideshow he was creating for the U.S. pavilion at the Moscow World Exhibition. Luce agreed, as long as Eames promised to return the favor one day. The following year, Eames made good on that promise, and 50 years later, the world is still enjoying the results of that arrangement. The generously sized Eames Executive Chair tilts, swivels and has a height-adjustable seat with thick, plush cushions. Backed by a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty. This is the authentic Eames Executive Chair by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
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1961 – Present In 1959, Charles and Ray Eames debuted their first multi-screen film, Glimpses of the USA, at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, thereby introducing “the man on the street in Russia” to average Americans. To assist in their efforts with this film, legendary Time Inc. founder, Henry Luce, gave the husband-and-wife team free access to the Time/Life Library of photos. One year later, Luce called in a favor, asking the Eameses to design the lobbies for his new Time & Life Building in Manhattan. One of the designs Charles and Ray came up with for the lobbies was a plush, padded, leather swivel chair. Their goal was to create something smaller than the Eames Lounge Chair that brought the same comfort and that one could also use as a conference chair. The earliest examples became known as the “Time Life Lobby Chairs.” The design consists of three individual upholstered sections connected by aluminum sides. Over the years, various versions have been produced, but they all have one thing in common: outstanding comfort. In 1972, the American chess grandmaster, Bobby Fischer, specifically requested this chair design for his match with Russian opponent, Boris Spassky. Fischer explained that it was the only seat in which he could really concentrate. Spassky then made the same demand, prompting the tournament’s sponsors to hurriedly acquire a second Eames chair for the match. This design, which is still manufactured today, is called the Eames Executive Chair by Herman Miller and the Eames Lobby Chair by Vitra.

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