eames time-life executive chair

eames time-life executive chair

eames time-life executive chair

Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1969
Aluminum, upholstery
Made by Herman Miller®

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose." -Charles Eames

Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames executive chairs in 1960 to grace the lobbies that they designed for the Time-Life Building in New York City. That's why some people call them Time-Life chairs. They were developed to meet the need for a comfortable chair that was smaller than the Eames lounge chair.

In 1972, chess grand master Bobby Fischer specifically requested the Eames executive chair while he competed in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. He said he could concentrate well in the chair. When opponent Boris Spaasky saw it, he refused to play until he got one, too.

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

Exceptionally generous in size, the Eames executive chair features 4.5" thick cushions in the seat, 3" cushions for the back, padded arms along with seat height and tilt swivel options for added adjustability - unmistakable hallmarks of a chair steeped in rich tradition as well as elegant comfort. A perfect addition to any office, conference room, lounge, or board room.

chair with casters (wheels): 26.5" w | 19.5" d | 34.5" - 37.5" h | seat: 18" - 21" h | arms: 24.5" - 27.5" h
chair with glides: 26.5" w | 19.5" d | 33" - 36" h | seat: 16.5" - 19.5" h | arms: 23" - 26" h

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Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum’s permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.
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