Charles & Ray Eames furniture designs for Herman Miller

Eames 670 Lounge Chair
Eames 670 Lounge Chair

Charles and Ray Eames make up one of the 20th-century’s most enduring design partnerships. They were married in 1941, and their eclectic “West Coast” combination of interests and imagination fostered a joint career that spanned more than forty years and resulted in some of the most innovative and influential furniture designs of the post-war period.  

The couple’s big, mass-production break came in the form of a moulded plywood leg-splint which the US Navy ordered by the thousands. This experimentation with materials and manufacturing techniques was to become a trademark of their progressive talents. 

Early products such as the “LCW” (short for “lounge chair wood”) chair of 1945 offer a mere hint of the great things that were to come in a variety of disciplines, from architecture to film. Built in Los Angeles in 1949, the Eames House (also known as Case Study House No. 8) is an influential experiment in low-cost housing. 

The Eameses were not afraid of clutter and filled their home with inspirational objects covering every facet of design. In their time they collaborated with furniture production and design giants such as Hermann Miller.

Listed below you will find what we feel are their key collaborations with Herman Miller Inc over the decades. They cover a wide range of materials and methods and for us sum up the ever-inquisitive nature of the design gods known as ‘the Eameses’.

Herman Miller: Eames Wire Chairs

Designed in 1951, the Eames wire chairs were a breakthrough in the use of a “new” material for seating. A carefully considered design allowed them to be strong, yet lightweight. Their sculptured look and functionality made them an instant classic. 

Features and Benefits of the Eames Wire Chairs

  • Cross weaving only where strength is required makes the chair strong, but lightweight.
  • Chairs available in a two-piece pad version, a seat pad-only version, or a wire-only version.
  • Wire base has self-levelling floor glides.

Design Story of the Eames Wire Chairs

In the early 1950s, The Eames office investigated bent and welded wire as the basis for furniture. Inspired by trays, dress forms, and baskets, the office developed a variety of experimental pieces.

The wire mesh chair was designed for the consumer who wanted quality design at a reasonable price. Once in production, it began to be used in offices, hotels and restaurants. The chair has cross weaving only where it is necessary for strength making it lightweight. 

According to Pat Kirkham in Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century, “The chair’s double wire edging received the first American mechanical patent for design. The wire mesh chair,” Kirkham continues, “an exemplary essay on the minimal use of a ‘new’ material, had a tremendous impact.”

Eames Aluminum Group & Soft Pad Chairs

Since 1958, Eames aluminum group chairs have graced offices and homes around the world. Their classic appearance, comfort, and durability give these chairs continuing appeal. Soft pad chairs offer the same aesthetic, adding plush, individually upholstered cushions to the seat and back. A rare blend of sophisticated aesthetics, creature comfort, and contemporary design.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Aluminum Group & Soft Pad Chairs

  • The seat pad is held in place–stretched tautly around cylinders at either end of the chair frame, creating a firm and flexible sitting pocket.
  • Eames aluminum group and soft pad group chairs are available in high- and low-back versions with a choice of adjustment options. Both chair designs are also available in a lounge model with matching ottoman.
  • Their classic appearance, comfort, and durability give these chairs continuing appeal as executive and management chairs and for conference and lounge applications.
  • The lightweight aluminum frame makes the chair strong, but still easy to move.
  • Chairs have either a four- or five-star base made of diecast aluminum. Executive and management chairs may have either casters or glides. Lounge models are available with glides only.
  • Aluminum group chairs offer a variety of fabric choices, including vinyl and leather. Soft pad group chairs offer a variety of fabrics, leathers, and fabric/leather combinations.
  • Management side and lounge models are available with or without arms. Executive and management work models have arms.
  • Base and frame are available with epoxy-coated finish or in bright-polished aluminum with clear urethane coating.
  • Executive and management work chairs have adjustable seat height and tilt-swivel. Side chairs have swivel only.
  • Lounge chairs have a choice of tilt-swivel or swivel only.

Aluminum group chairs

  • The Eames aluminum group management chair has layered vinyl cushioning with the nylon suspension.

Soft pad chairs

  • The low-back Eames soft pad group management chair has a unique nylon suspension that’s stretched tautly around cylinders at either end of the frame. Combined with the plush, upholstered seat cushions, the chair provides long-term comfort.
  • Soft pad chair cushions are two-inch-thick urethane foam enclosed with polyester fibre batting, a durable but plush combination. Cushions are upholstered in fabric or leather.

Design Story of the Eames Aluminum Group & Soft Pad Chairs

Eames aluminum group and soft pad group chairs are among the many enduring designs born of Herman Miller’s 30-year relationship with designers Charles and Ray Eames.

Introduced in 1958, Aluminum group chairs feature an elegant and innovative combination of metal and fabric. The Eameses’ design integrates a light aluminum frame and base with a slim, continuous fabric piece slung between the frame’s side ribs. 

This design creates a “sitting pocket” that combines appropriate firmness with flexibility. The chair responds to each person’s shape with remarkably comfortable results.

Later the Eameses expanded upon this design concept, adding plush, individually upholstered cushions to the seat and back to create soft pad group chairs. Based on the same light frame, these chairs add another dimension to the original design. While their “feel” is different, they’re equally comfortable.

Herman Miller: Eames Chaise

Making movies is a gruelling business. So hard working, Academy Award-winning film director Billy Wilder occasionally needed a place to nap between takes. His friends, Charles and Ray Eames, were sympathetic. So much so that they designed the perfect place for a quick snooze. It’s a beautiful place, too. Sweet dreams.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Chaise

  • The chaise is 18 inches wide. 
  • It is upholstered in black leather. 
  • Foam cushions are two-inch-thick urethane with polyester fibre batting. 
  • Chaise features a nylon-supporting sling. 
  • The frame is die-cast aluminum, coated with eggplant-colored, electrostatically applied nylon. 
  • The glides are high-impact, black nylon. 

Design Story of the Eames Chaise

Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames chaise for director and good friend Billy Wilder. Its beautifully sculpted form provides the perfect respite for a quick snooze. Its compact size allows it to fit comfortably in a study or den–or even the hallway between them. 

In 1955, Wilder planted the seed for the development of the chaise. He mentioned to Charles and Ray that he had discovered a suitable spot for a short, restorative afternoon nap. It was a foot-wide plank slung between two sawhorses in a Nova Scotia lighthouse, where Wilder was filming The Spirit of St. Louis. 

Eames Chaise for Herman Miller
Eames Chaise for Herman Miller

Remembering that story later, the Eameses went to work on the chaise, introduced in 1968, and produced by Herman Miller ever since.

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.”

Herman Miller: Eames Conference Tables

The sophisticated, uncluttered profile of an Eames table suits both traditional and contemporary conference rooms and systems environments. From executive meetings to spontaneous project team gatherings, these tables provide versatile support without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. Herman Miller offers Eames tables in a rich array of tops, shapes, and finishes to suit any taste and any space.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Conference Tables

  • Segmented, modular bases can accommodate tables of different sizes and shapes. 
  • On larger Eames tables, the segmented base can accommodate sizes ranging from 30 inches to 22 feet long. 
  • Two additional base styles, contract and universal, are available on smaller Eames tables to meet a range of budgets. 
  • Eames tabletops come in 31 sizes and four shapes: oval, rectangular, square, and round. 
  • Tops are available in a number of attractive laminates and veneers with vinyl or veneer edges. 
  • Laminate tops with vinyl edges are durable and easy to clean. 
  • All veneers, laminates, and base finishes match Herman Miller systems furniture and seating. 

Design Story of the Eames Conference Tables

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.”

Consider Eames tables. For more than 30 years, they have brought grace and refinement to the places where people meet, confer, and dine. That tradition continues–with styles, options, and prices that still make them the tables of choice for people who appreciate quality and performance.

Like all fine works of art, the table designs of Charles and Ray Eames endure through the decades. Like all Herman Miller products, Eames tables purchased today have the strength and durability to provide reliable performance for decades to come.

Herman Miller: Eames Desk Unit

Introduced in 1952, the Eames Storage Units (ESU) helped establish an exciting new residential furniture look. The Eames Desk Unit compliments other ESU components, or it can stand alone. It’s as fresh looking today as when it was introduced.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Desk Unit

  • Desk can be specified with file drawer on the right or left side.
  • Desk unit is 60 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 29 inches high.
  • Top finish is birch.
  • Case side and back panels are painted hardwood board, color or natural.
  • File front is birch.
  • Frame is zinc-coated steel. 

Design Story of the Eames Desk Unit

A product introduced before its time, the Eames Desk Unit (ESU) is emblematic of the grace and vision Charles and Ray Eames used in solving home furnishing problems. It’s a conventional desk. But it’s a desk that helped establish a whole new design aesthetic, one that pushed the vernacular of new materials and manufacturing processes. 

The modestly priced, steel-frame desk can be configured to the needs and tastes of the user. 

Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it? 

A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple “just wanted to make the world a better place.” That they did. They also made it a more graceful place, creating enduring furniture of unpretentious elegance such the Eames Desk Unit.

Herman Miller: Eames Executive Chairs

In the 1970s, Bobby Fisher refused to play chess without his Eames executive chair, with its deep cushions, padded arms, and finely detailed upholstery. When opponent Boris Spaasky saw it, he refused to play until he got one, too (which he did). A tactic that works for board and boardroom games. It’s your move.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Executive Chairs

  • Highly polished aluminum contrasts with rich leather for an image of traditional elegance. 
  • Appropriate as an executive desk chair, these chairs are equally impressive in lounge and executive conference settings. 
  • Work and lounge chairs are available with a four- or five-star, die-cast aluminum base. The work chair is available with either casters or glides. 
  • Leather is the most popular upholstery for this chair, but a variety of fabrics is also available. 
  • The work chair features adjustable seat height and tilt-swivel. The lounge chair offers a choice of adjustable seat height and tilt-swivel or fixed seat height and swivel only. 
  • Large, upholstery-covered buttons and edge details are marks of the Eames executive chair’s status as traditional fine furniture. 

Design Story of the Eames Executive Chairs

The Eames executive chair, with its distinguished 30-year history, today makes an eloquent claim for tradition and luxury.

Developed by Charles and Ray Eames, the first Eames executive chairs graced the lobby of the Time-Life Building in New York City. Chess master Bobby Fisher later insisted on settling into one of these chairs while he competed in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik.

Exceptionally generous in size, both the work chairs and lounge chair are made of the highest quality materials, including an aluminum base and frame and finely detailed upholstery. The chair’s deep cushions and padded arms mark its commitment to luxurious comfort.

For desk work or relaxed conferencing, the Eames executive chair gives modern expression to traditional luxury.

Herman Miller: Eames Hang-it-All

Is it a whimsical sculpture? A clever toy? A musical instrument escaped from some grade school combo? You decide. It’s bright. It’s fun. It’s more than just a conversation piece. It holds jackets, scarves, skates, knapsacks, jump ropes. Hang it anywhere, and watch faces light up as family and friends hang it all!

Design Story of the Eames Hang-it-All

Beginning in the mid-1940s, and continuing throughout their careers, Charles and Ray Eames designed a variety of whimsical toys and furniture pieces specifically for children. Molded plywood animals, small-scale chairs and tables, elaborate cardboard-and-paper masks, brightly colored building blocks, all were given the same careful design consideration as the couple’s furniture designs. 

Why children’s products? For purely personal reasons: Charles and Ray wanted to give them to their own grandchildren and to the children of friends. 

The Hang-It-All is offered through an exclusive collaboration between Herman Miller and the Eames’ heirs. Consisting of rods on a wall-mounted wire framework capped with wooden balls, the Hang-It-All holds jackets, scarves, skates, knapsacks, jump ropes, or anything else found hanging around the house.

Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it? 

The Hang-It-All answered “yes” to all of the above. It took the normal, everyday coat rack to a place that was new, inventive, and, yes, fun. That was the place where Charles and Ray spent their careers.

Herman Miller: Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Considered one of the most significant and widely recognized furniture designs of the 20th century, the Eames lounge chair and ottoman set a standard for comfort and elegance in modern design. The rich veneer and supple leather suggest old-fashioned luxury translated into modern forms. Introduced in 1956, it’s a treasured collector’s item around the world.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

  • A Lounge Chair Solution 
  • A landmark in luxury for living rooms, studies, lobbies, and lounges.
  • Classic Comfort 
  • Luxurious feel. The chair has 6-inch-thick urethane foam cushions and rich leather upholstery.
  • A place to relax. The contours of the seat and high back welcome the sitter, and a swivel mechanism is built in.
  • Quality and Craftsmanship 
  • Attention to detail. All pieces are hand-assembled.
  • Durable construction. The seven-ply cherry, natural cherry, and walnut veneer shells are buffed and hand-polished; the base and back braces are die-cast aluminum.
  • Practical features. Cushions are individually upholstered and replaceable; back cushions are interchangeable; shock mounts are resilient natural rubber.

Design Story of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman is the culmination of Charles and Ray Eames’ efforts to create comfortable and handsome lounge seating by using production techniques that combine technology and handcraftsmanship. 

Its heritage goes back to the molded plywood chairs pioneered by the Eameses in the 1940s, and it’s part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman for Herman Miller
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman for Herman Miller

Charles Eames said his goal for the chair the chair was the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Every one is a special refuge from the strains of modern living.

The first lounge chair and ottoman, produced in 1956, was a birthday gift for friend Billy Wilder, the Academy Award-winning film director, and it made its public debut on the Today show. Every lounge chair and ottoman manufactured since then has received the same meticulous handcrafted attention.

Herman Miller: Eames Molded Plywood Chairs

The Eames-designed molded plywood chair was a boldly innovative breakthrough when it was introduced in 1946. Herman Miller has been offering it ever since. Comfortable, practical, and lightweight, it looks as contemporary now as it did then – a modest chair that has come to represent the best of modern design.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Molded Plywood Chairs

  • Chairs are constructed of five-ply molded plywood with hardwood inner plies. 
  • The outer ply of the chair can be specified in cherry, walnut, natural ash, red-stained ash, or ebony-stained ash. 
  • The rod base and back brace are bright, chrome-plated steel. 
  • Rubber shock mounts absorb movement. 
  • Nylon glides protect floors. 

Design Story of the Eames Molded Plywood Chairs

In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames was working on set designs for MGM. Evenings, he would return to the small apartment where he and his wife, Ray, were experimenting with wood-molding techniques using thin sheets of wood veneer and bicycle pumps as compressors. These experiments would have profound effects on the world of design. 

Eames Molded Plywood Chairs for Herman Miller
Eames Molded Plywood Chairs for Herman Miller

Their discoveries led to a commission from the U.S. Navy in 1942 to develop molded plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells, the precursors of many revered designs, including this plywood side chair. 

Designed to fit the human form, the Eames molded chair was a bold, historic innovation when it was introduced in 1946. The chair is made of five-ply molded plywood with a sturdy, chrome-plated steel-rod base and back brace.

Eames molded chairs have hardwood inner plies and light ash face veneers with a clear coat or ebony finish. Contoured for comfort, the modern, unpretentious design makes a unique visual statement in a classroom or training setting. 

Awards:

“Design of the Century” by Time magazine for Eames molded plywood chair

Herman Miller: Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table

Some could look and think spaceship. Might this offend purist defenders of modern design? Charles and Ray Eames would smile, but hardly take offense. Creative play and an active imagination were keys to their design philosophy. So have a cup of hot java, and blast off!

Features and Benefits of the Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table

  • The table features light ash face veneers and strong, lightweight maple inner plies. 
  • It has a five-ply top, and eight-ply legs. 
  • Inner plies are maple. 
  • The outer ply is cherry, walnut, or natural ash. 
  • The table is 34 inches in diameter, and 15 1/2 inches tall. 

Design Story of the Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table

Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the “Eames look.” 

A problem-solver who encouraged experimentation among his staff, Charles once said his dream was “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.” 

Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table for Herman Miller
Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table for Herman Miller

Their own concepts evolved over time, not overnight. As Charles noted about the development of the molded plywood chair, “Yes, it was a flash of inspiration, a kind of 30-year flash.” 

This lightweight, easily movable table like the molded plywood chairs it was designed to complement has simple Eames elegance. With its slightly indented top and gently curved legs, it first came to Herman Miller’s attention when George Nelson, design director, saw it and other Eames molded plywood products at a showing in the Barclay Hotel in New York City in the mid-1940s.

Nelson contacted the Eameses and soon afterward, Charles and Ray Eames were designing for Herman Miller. Now, for the first time since 1957, Herman Miller has resumed offering the wood-legged version of their molded plywood coffee table. 

Herman Miller: Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen

If “good fences make good neighbors,” what about good screens? Here’s one that stylishly separates both at home and at work. Its discrete division is done in the guise of a flowing and beautiful contemporary wood sculpture. 

Yes, this is definitely a very good screen. It’s a recognized design classic. No divided opinions there.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen

  • The screen features five-ply construction. 
  • Inner plies are maple. 
  • Outer ply is cherry, walnut, or ash. 
  • Woven polypropylene mesh connects plywood sections. 
  • Each of the six sections is about 10 inches wide, unfolding to a length of 60 inches. 
  • The 68-inch-high screen tucks away neatly when not in use. 

Design Story of the Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen

Begun as an early experiment in molded plywood, this screen evolved into a complement to Charles and Ray Eames other molded plywood creations–and as a stand-alone piece distinctive in its own right. 

A portable divider of space and an instant provider of privacy, its sculpted, undulating form also makes it a striking backdrop to any furniture collection. 

Eames Molded Plywood Screen for Herman Miller
Eames Molded Plywood Screen for Herman Miller

Originally connected by a synthetic adhesive developed during World War II, and then joined by canvas hinges, the sections of the screen are now connected by a durable woven polypropylene mesh held securely by a new process to ensure a longer life without compromising the integrity of the 1946 design.

Like so many of the designs of Charles and Ray Eames, their molded plywood folding screen blends simplicity with sophistication. A forthright, enduring design at home in both residential and business settings.

Charles and Ray loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.”

Herman Miller: Eames Sofa Compact

Need a sofa for a small place? An alcove, a vestibule, a study, or some cozy out-of-the-way corner? The Eames sofa compact goes where bulkier, more traditional sofas won’t. It evolved from a built-in sofa Charles and Ray Eames designed for their home in California. It will work perfectly in your home wherever that may be.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Sofa Compact

  • The sofa is fabric-covered in a choice of seven fabrics. 
  • Cushions are made of two-and-a-half-inch-thick molded urethane foam. 
  • Seat cushion support is fabric-reinforced rubber webbing with a spring support system. 
  • Frame and spreaders are steel bars. 
  • Legs are chrome-plated. 
  • Glides are adjustable made of stainless steel with rubber base.

Design Story of the Eames Sofa Compact

The compact sofa’s striking profile and crisp, light scale evolved from a built-in sofa that Charles and Ray Eames designed for the living room of their Pacific Palisades home. They found it so comfortable and adaptable that they decided to develop it further. 

Eames Sofa Compact for Herman Miller
Eames Sofa Compact for Herman Miller

Like most of their ideas, it was a good one. Herman Miller has been manufacturing it for 40 years. With two foam pads along the angled back and a foam seat cushion, it provides firm, flexible support from shoulders to knees all the comfort usually associated with long, low, and heavy sofas. 

Like so many of the designs of Charles and Ray Eames, their sofa compact blends simplicity with sophistication. A forthright, enduring design, it is as at home in your office as well as in your home.

Herman Miller: Eames Storage Units

Introduced in 1952, the Eames Storage Units helped establish an exciting new residential furniture look. And their modularity gave users the freedom to combine components in response to their needs and tastes. As fresh looking today as when they were introduced.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Storage Units

  • Cabinet fronts are dimpled plywood. 
  • Drawer fronts and shelves are molded plywood. 
  • Case side and back panels are painted hardboard. 
  • Foot glides are nylon. 
  • Uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels are zinc-coated steel. 

Design Story of the Eames Storage Units

A product introduced well before its time, the Eames Storage Unit (ESU) is emblematic of the grace and whimsy Charles and Ray Eames used in solving home furnishing problems. It’s a storage cabinet. 

But it’s a storage cabinet that helped to establish a whole new design aesthetic, one that pushed the vernacular of new materials and manufacturing processes. 

With the ESU line, modestly priced, steel-frame, modular units could be infinitely combined according to the needs and tastes of the user. 

Eames Storage Units for Herman Miller
Eames Storage Units for Herman Miller

Herman Miler has reintroduced five newly fabricated ESU configurations in two color choices, patterned after the 1952 version of the original product.

Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it? 

A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple “just wanted to make the world a better place.” That they did. They also made it a more graceful place, creating enduring furniture of unpretentious elegance such the Eames Storage Units.

Herman Miller: Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Next time you’re passing through O’Hare, notice the seating. It’s Eames tandem sling seating, designed originally for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 1962. 

It has stood the test for public seating: Day in and out, year-round, millions of travellers find Eames tandem sling seating an inviting and comfortable stop. Have a seat yourself the next time you are between connections.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Tandem Sling Seating

  • Interchangeable and replaceable parts simplify maintenance. 
  • Laminate tables for single or back-to-back rows can be placed between seats or at the end of a row. 
  • T-shaped legs allow plenty of room to stow baggage; cleaning underneath is easy, too. 

Construction of the Eames Tandem Sling Seating

  • Seat pads and backs are polyurethane foam pressed and sealed between two layers of vinyl. This results in a durable, wrinkle-free design and eliminates stitching lines, which tend to gather dust and show wear. 
  • Wide seats and an open seat-to-back angle help keep users comfortable when seated for long periods. 
  • The T-shaped support beam, of lightweight aluminum, is without joints for strength and continuity of appearance. 
  • Bright-polished aluminum arms, legs, and side supports contrast with the black seat and back for a contemporary look. 
  • Seat pads and backs are interchangeable and replaceable on site. 
  • Arm pads are also replaceable on site. 

Configurations of the Eames Tandem Sling Seating

  • Seats and tables may be combined on the support beam in any order and are interchangeable. Up to 10 units (seats or tables) may be configured on a single beam. 
  • Arranging seats back-to-back is another option, allowing two rows with a maximum of 10 units per side. 
  • Laminate tables are available in two sizes, for single or back-to-back rows. 

Design Story of the Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Eames tandem sling seating has been on display, and hard at work, in public transportation areas since its introduction in 1962. Designed originally for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, it has proven its durability and visual appeal there under the most gruelling of conditions as, every year, round the clock, millions of passengers pass through. 

Around the world, visitors find Eames tandem sling seating an inviting and comfortable rest stop for themselves and their belongings. 

Because of its light appearance and variety of configurations, tandem sling seating can complement a public space without overwhelming it. 

Wide seats and the flexible sling design allow for plenty of seated movement. Interchangeable and replaceable parts simplify maintenance. 

Along with aesthetic appeal, durability, and comfort, Eames tandem sling seating offers assurance, a well-established track record that’s difficult to surpass. 

Herman Miller: Eames Walnut Stools

Fantastic chess pieces escaped from a giant chessboard? Or finely crafted wood sculptures, turned on some great lathe? 

Projecting a formal sensuousness and distinctive, almost animated personalities, these are objects made to be admired. They are also low tables, seats, and definitely conversation starters.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Walnut Stools

  • Stools are 15 inches tall. 
  • Made of solid walnut, they are finished in gunstock oil. 
  • Top and bottom surfaces are concave. 
  • Available in three shapes, they can be used as a stool, an accent table, or for display purposes.

Design Story of the Eames Walnut Stools

The Eames Walnut Stools were designed in 1960 as low tables and seats for the Time-Life Building lobby in New York. They can also be used as display or plant stands, or as pieces of sculpture. 

Offered in three distinctive shapes, these 15-inch-high stools with concave tops combine the beauty and solidity of walnut with the utility of furniture that can be moved wherever needed. 

eames walnut stools for Herman Miller
Eames walnut stools for Herman Miller

A museum curator once ordered two of these stools for his son and daughter. “Graduation gifts?” he was asked. “No,” he said, “the kids are only five and three. But I want them to have the experience of growing up with something truly good that they can keep all their lives.” 

Charles and Ray Eames designed the walnut stools, and they are a sharp departure from the earlier Eames wire-base table. Ray Eames was a trained painter and sculptor. She studied at New York’s Art Students League and with 20th century art master Hans Hofmann. 

Her background is evident in the sculptural quality of the stools. Carved in three shapes, all of solid walnut, these subtle designs are beautiful as objects, yet functional as tables or stools.

Herman Miller: Eames Wire Base Table

Planning a traditional Japanese tea ceremony? When designers Charles and Ray Eames were, they found their wire base tables perfect for the occasion. (No chairs were required.) We can assume their guests, including designer Isamu Noguchi and film star Charlie Chaplin, were appropriately floored.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Wire Base Table

  • The wire base table is 10 inches high and employs two U-shaped wire rods attached to a laminate top. 
  • The base is available either zinc plated, or powder coated white or black. 
  • Metal cross bracing provides stability. 
  • The high-pressure laminate top is available in either black or white. 
  • The edges of the top are bevelled at 20 degrees to reveal the seven laminate layers. 
  • A high-pressure laminate backer is on the underside of the top.
  • The table features a seven-ply core of Baltic birch. 

Design Story of the Eames Wire Base Table

Charles and Ray Eames developed the wire base table in 1950 after years of experimenting with wire mesh and rods. Their work yielded many breakthrough products, including wire mesh chairs, a sofa, and a folding table. 

Diminutive in size and intended to stack, this table makes a unique statement with its bright, plated steel, intricately angled wire base. 

Eames Wire Based Table for Herman Miller
Eames Wire Based Table for Herman Miller

The 10-inch-high wire base table employs two U-shaped wire rods attached to a laminate top; the edges are bevelled at 20 degrees to reveal the top’s seven birch plywood layers. 

With a grand sense of adventure, the 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.”

Herman Miller: Eames Plastic Chairs

The Eames-designed single shell chairs were a breakthrough in the commercial use of fiberglass-reinforced plastic for seating. The single sculptured chair combined thoughtful engineering with a clean, simple aesthetic. 

The current model is exactly the same as the original, except that it has been updated to a more environmentally friendly high-impact plastic material. The chairs were an immediate hit when they were designed, and they remain so today.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Plastic Chairs

  • Lightweight, plastic side chairs for the dining room or the home office.
  • Wire base has self-levelling glides.
  • Shell is available in a variety of colors.

Design Story of the Eames Plastic Chairs

The Eames Plastic Chair evolved from “La Chaise,” a design that Charles and Ray Eames submitted to the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. 

Working with Herman Miller, the Eameses developed the plastic chair in 1950, a somewhat simplified version of “La Chaise.”

According to Pat Kirkham in Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century, “The Eameses had found the original chair material, fiberglass cloth and plastic resin, in military-surplus shops, and they had used it for screens in their house.” 

This material eventually evolved into the more environmentally friendly high-impact plastic used in the production of the chairs today. 

Today, the chair has an almost ubiquitous presence, proving the persistence of good design.

Herman Miller: Eames Anniversary Table

A must-have for collectors of mid-century furniture. This commemorative, limited edition piece is being issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Charles and Ray Eames house in Pacific Palisades, California.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Anniversary Table

  • The table is being manufactured in a limited quantity.
  • Each table will be tagged and numbered.
  • The top is solid brass with hand applied gold leaf and a clear topcoat application.
  • The base is a solid platform with wooden dowel legs and gold powder-coated cross members. 

Design Story of the Eames Anniversary Table

Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles Eames says, “The alcove of the Eames House living room is a simple, elegant space. The vista of the room opens above you, with the sea in the distance. 

It is all anchored by a marvellous gold leaf table, covered with Charles and Ray’s collections. As the 50th anniversary of the famous House is here, it felt important to us as a family to share a piece of unique furniture from the house. This coffee table has a magnetic, but understated beauty.

Herman Miller: Eames Elliptical Table

Surf’s up! This 89-inch long table, is a striking centrepiece for any living room, sitting room, or study. Nicknamed the “surfboard table,” it was designed in the early 1950s by Charles and Ray Eames, who lived and worked in the beach community of Venice, California.

Design Story of the Eames Elliptical Table

Long and low, the Eames elliptical table serves as a dramatic centrepiece in a living room, sitting area, or study. It’s a sleek stage for fine art, fresh flowers, or that special coffee table book. (Perhaps The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention would be appropriate.). With its 89-inch length, there’s plenty of room for just about anything. 

Affectionately called the “surfboard table,” its shape was chosen after various others were considered. The final choice was fitting, given that Charles and Ray Eames worked for more than 30 years in Venice, California, where surfboards are symbols of action and drama. 

Charles and Ray Eames spent many years experimenting with wire mesh and rods, work that yielded a number of breakthrough products-including the wire base for this table, as well as wire mesh chairs, a sofa, and a folding table. 

Sold initially from 1951 to 1964, the table was reissued by Herman Miller for the Home in 1994.

Herman Miller: Eames Sofa

Simple. Elegant. A harmonious combination of fine materials. This sofa is quintessentially Eames. This sofa was the last product he developed for Herman Miller prior to his death. The Eames Office completed the design. The sofa went into production in 1984. It stands as a fitting legacy from this great designer.

Features and Benefits of the Eames Sofa

  • Upholstery is black leather. 
  • Cushions are two inches thick and urethane-filled. 
  • Seat cushion bottoms are covered with 100 percent nylon fabric for ventilation. 
  • Back cushions backed by plywood. 
  • Foam-filled seat cushions, resting on fabric-reinforced rubber webbing, give you resilient body support. 
  • Back panels are solid walnut, polished and hand-finished with gunstock oil. 
  • Braces are steel for extra strength. 
  • Legs and arm supports are die-cast polished aluminum. 
  • Glides are nylon. 
  • Two- and three-seated versions of the sofa are available. 

Design Story of the Eames Sofa

The design for this sofa was nearly complete when Charles Eames died in 1978. The Eames Office finished the design, and Herman Miller began manufacturing this last Eames furniture piece in 1984. 

Complementing many other seating lines developed over the years by Charles and Ray Eames, this sofa’s angled profile and clean planes showcase a harmonious combination of fine materials; rich walnut, soft leather, polished aluminum. 

Eames Sofa for Herman Miller
Eames Sofa for Herman Miller

Charles and Ray Eames loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.” 

A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple “just wanted to make the world a better place.” That they did. They also made it a more graceful place, creating enduring furniture of unpretentious elegance such this handsome sofa.

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Written by Simon
I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. I have life long interest in creative design, art and function and this website is an exploration of that in all its forms and guises.