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eames® wire stool

by Eames, from Herman Miller ®

eames® wire stool

Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1951
Cross-woven wires, metal
Made by Herman Miller®

"Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames

In 1951, Charles and Ray Eames met the challenge of making a reasonably priced, quality chair that was light yet strong. Their solution - the Eames wire chair. It featured a sculpted look, comfort, and practicality which made It an immediate hit. Today's versions remain true to the original design, materials, and detailing.

They made the rim of the chair a lighter-gauge wire and doubled it for stability to achieve strength requirements, an organic shape, and cost restraints. This advance won them the first American mechanical patent for design.

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."

The Eames Wire Stool is an elegant, elevated iteration in the Shell Chair's continuous evolution. In the 1950s, the Eames Office started experimenting in bent and welded wire and developed a number of pieces, including the wire version of the single-shell form. Set atop an elongated 4-leg base, the Eames Wire Stool brings the timeless Eames touch to bar and counter height surfaces. An optional seat pad adds some extra cushioning to the woven wire form of the Eames wire stool. Available in a selection of textiles or leather coverings, the seat pad adds a layer of comfort to the iconic silhouette of the Eames Wire stool.

counter height: 19" w | 21.75" d | 40.25" h | seat: 26.25" h
bar height: 19" w | 21.75" d | 45.5" h | seat: 31.25" h

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Husband and wife team Charles & Ray Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture, furniture design, graphic design, art and film. Charles and Ray designed prize winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding inspiration of Alvar Aalto. Ray Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter and has a painting in the Whitney Museum permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son in law buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father in law as 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 & Ray Eames the company produced legendary classics of industrial design.

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