Eames Executive Chair

(25 customer reviews)

$1,904.00 $1,255.00

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Eames Executive Chair

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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 (1960) tilts, swivels and has a height-adjustable seat with thick, plush cushions.

Material & Feature:

  • Die-cast aluminum and frame with tubular steel column
  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Manual seat-height adjustment
  • Tilt-swivel mechanism
  • Tilt lock feature
  • Carpet casters with chrome hoods

Dimensions:

  • Width: 26.5" x Depth: 29.5" x Height: 35.5"-37"
  • Seat Height: 18.5"-20"
Eames Executive Chair

* All measurements are approximations.

Charles Eames, Jr (June 17, 1907 - August 21, 1978) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles was the nephew of St. Louis architect William S. Eames. By the age of 14, while attending Yeatman high school, Charles worked at the Laclede Steel Company as a part-time laborer, where he learned about engineering, drawing, and architecture (and also first entertained the idea of one day becoming an architect).

In 1930, Charles began his own architectural practice in St. Louis with partner Charles Gray. They were later joined by a third partner, Walter Pauley.

Charles Eames was greatly influenced by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (whose son Eero, also an architect, would become a partner and friend). At the elder Saarinen's invitation, Charles moved in 1938, to further study architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he would become a teacher and head of the industrial design department. In order to apply for the Architecture and Urban Planning Program, Eames defined an area of focus: the St. Louis waterfront. Together with Eero Saarinen he designed prize-winning furniture for New York's Museum of Modern Art "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition. Their work displayed the new technique of wood molding (originally developed by Alvar Aalto), that Eames would further develop in many molded plywood products, including chairs and other furniture, splints and stretchers for the US Navy during World War II.

In 1941, he married his Cranbrook colleague Ray Kaiser, who was born in Sacramento, California. He then moved with her to Los Angeles, California, where they would work and live until their deaths. In the late 1940s, as part of the Arts & Architecture magazine's "Case Study" program, Charles and Ray designed and built the groundbreaking Eames House, Case Study House #8, as their home. Located upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and hand-constructed within a matter of days entirely of pre-fabricated steel parts intended for industrial construction, it remains a milestone of modern architecture.

Charles Eames died of a heart attack on August 21, 1978 while on a consulting trip in his native Saint Louis, and was buried in the Calvary Cemetery there. He now has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames (December 15, 1912 - August 21, 1988) was born in Sacramento, California to Alexander and Edna Burr Kaiser. After having lived in a number of cities during her youth, she graduated from Bennett Women's College in Millbrook, New York, in 1933 and moved to New York City, where she studied abstract expressionist painting with Hans Hofmann.

In September 1940, she began studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She met Charles Eames while preparing drawings and models for the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition and they were married the following year. Settling in Los Angeles, California, Charles and Ray Eames would lead an outstanding career in design and architecture. In the late 1940s, Ray Eames created several textile designs, two of which, "Crosspatch" and "Sea Things", were produced by Schiffer Prints, a company that also produced textiles by Frank Lloyd Wright. Original examples of Ray Eames textiles can be found in many art museum collections. The Ray Eames textiles have been re-issued by Maharam as part of their Textiles of the Twentieth Century collection.

Ray Eames died in Los Angeles in 1988, ten years to the day after Charles. They are buried next to each other in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

25 reviews for Eames Executive Chair

  1. Timothy S.

    Very pleased with the chair.

  2. Ale M.

    They look absolutely great. Great quality and very comfortable. Very good customers service updating us on every step. The chairs arrived amazingly wrapped and protected – very pleased.

  3. Francesca G.

    The chair arrived few weeks before the estimate. It is really well made. I am familiar with the original and I cannot really appreciate the difference.

  4. Monica S.

    Very happy with my chair. BEAUTIFUL

  5. Joanna B.

    Great design and amazing quality. Very comfortable. Quick delivery. Strongly recommend.

  6. Amy P.

    This was a fantastic find! I love my new chair so much. I have been sitting in it every night.

  7. Josephina C.

    I feel super lucky to own this chair! It’s stunning in person, and it’s just as comfortable as I’d imagined. I look forward to spending time in it at night & on the weekends.

  8. Gail N.

    This is such a nice chair. I would recommend it for the office.

  9. Bonnie J.

    To say I’m happy with this chair would be an understatement. I absolutely love it. It’s even more beautiful in person than it looks in the pictures.

  10. Bailey M.

    Lovely chair for the price. I’m surprised you offer this for such a great deal. I’ll be shopping here again.

  11. Beverly T.

    Lovely chair. I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase.

  12. Peter D.

    Stunning chairs that combine both form and function. Very well packaged and delivered without a mark on them.

  13. Lola P.

    They are fabulous and we are very happy for them. It was incredibly fast delivery of the package was okay. It is certainly not the last time I buy from Camellia.

  14. Aljon J.

    I’ve been really very happy with the purchase of the Eames executive chair, certainly not the last time we shop at Camellia

  15. Lyle C.

    I highly recommend this chair purely for relaxing. It is the most comforting chair for office.

  16. Dee S.

    Nice, well-built chair. Perfect for working. It’s my favorite place to sit.

  17. Brian C.

    The executive chair was delivered on time. It is absolutely perfect – sculptural, stable and made of quality materials.

  18. Peter C.

    We are extremely pleased with our Eames Executive Chair. You sit really well, good back support. Everything lived up to our expectations.

  19. Stanley

    Good chair and I look forward to buying more from Camellia.

  20. Richard H.

    Amazing replica. Very well packaged and delivered quickly.

  21. Michael P.

    Super quality. I will recommend others to shop replica furniture from Camellia.

  22. Chrissy M.

    Lovely executive chair. I don’t think I’ll ever find another chair this comfortable.

  23. Fern A.

    I have ordered from this website in the past and have always been pleased with my purchases. These chairs are solid and the design is unique and attractive.

  24. Stuart S.

    Worth the wait. Exceptional quality, although it makes the rest of my furniture look tatty.

  25. Peter

    The executive chair was delivered quickly in a solid packing, and live clear up to expectations. Incredibly beautiful chair with a nice comfort.

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