Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with their boldly original molded plywood chairs. The aesthetic integrity, enduring charm, and comfort of the chairs earned them recognition from Time magazine as The Best Design of the 20th Century. Time called the design "something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered." (A locomotive came in second.)
With it’s distinctive design you can tell its Eames at a glance. Both the Lounge Chair and the Dining Chair have wood or chrome-plated steel legs. Molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes gives the plywood a soft, inviting appearance. The chairs work just about anywhere—from homes and offices to schools and public areas.
Herman Miller has updated the existing finishes to restore the original character of this timeless classic. The Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair is now available in multiple base finish options— Walnut, Natural Cherry, Red Stain, White Ash, Ebony and Santos Palisander.
- Height: 67 cm / 26.25 Inch
- Seat Height: 39 cm / 15.5 Inch
- Width: 56 cm / 22 Inch
- Depth: 64 cm / 25.25 Inch
- Dust daily with a slightly damp, soft cloth. Once a month, clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
- Please avoid direct sunlight
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. Since then, Herman Miller has collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Studio 7.5, Yves Béhar, Doug Ball, and many talented others.
Today, in addition to their classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings for the home or office workspace. Headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, Herman Miller has manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries. All of them work to design and build a better world around you.
While we might know them in a home furnishings sense, Herman Miller is also an innovator in health care environment solutions and other related technologies and services. Winning multiple awards in categories of design, environment and manufacturing, Herman Miller was named one of Fast Company magazine's "Most Innovative Companies" and was among FORTUNE magazine's "Best Companies to Work For" in 2010. Headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, Herman Miller manufacturers in the US, Italy, China and the United Kingdom. They are present in over 100 countries through licensed dealers, sales offices and customer homes.
Herman Miller values and celebrates design of the past and strives to redefine the future. Working with outstanding designers, innovative environmental policies, and standing behind their products makes them a leader in their industry and well on their way to bettering our world through good design. www.hermanmiller.com
Herman Miller Eames® Molded Plywood Lounge Chair - Wood Legs Designed by:
- Charles & Ray Eames , 1946
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles, 1907 – 1978 / Ray, 1912-1988
The prolific body of work of Charles and Ray Eames, which spanned from 1941 to 1978, extended well beyond their major achievements in furniture design, graphic design, architecture and film. Their influence on the aesthetic and social aspects of design made them two of the greatest industrial designers of our time.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Charles Eames grew up in America’s industrial heartland. As a young man he worked for engineers and manufacturers, anticipating his lifelong interest in mechanics and the complex working of things. Ray Kaiser, born in Sacramento, California, spent her formative years in New York’s modern art movements and participated in the first wave of American-born abstract artists. They met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit in 1940. Cranbrook’s creed of better living through better design shaped their sensibilities and their shared agenda. They married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles as the city was gearing up for World War II. Wartime experiments with new materials and technologies inspired the Eames’ low-cost furniture for Herman Miller and expanded ways for designers to work with industry.
In LA, they conducted plywood experiments in their apartment. The US Navy order enabled the Eames to rent an office on Santa Monica Boulevard in 1942 and to gather a group of collaborators including Harry Bertoia. They produced sculpture, chairs, screens, and tables in plywood. Herman Miller, the US furniture group, was persuaded to put some of these pieces into production by George Nelson, its head of design. All the Eames’ plywood furniture combined an elegant organic aesthetic with a love of materials and technical ingenuity. After the success of the plywood pieces, the Eames focused on other materials, creating furniture in fiberglass, plastic, aluminum and, for the 1956 lounge chair, leather and rosewood. The Lounge Chair became an icon of the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a must-have for all hip executives.
Their collaboration with Herman Miller continued and extended to Vitra, its European partner. Charles and Ray were equally influential at making respectable the then-neglected folk crafts not only in the US but also in India. These concerns dominated their later work in the 1970s when, able to live comfortably on their Herman Miller and Vitra royalties, they concentrated their creative energy on propagating their ideas in exhibitions, books and films.
Charles died in 1978 and Ray worked hard to complete any unfinished projects but having done so, did not seek new ones. She devoted the rest of her life to communicating their ideas through talks and writing. Ray Eames died in 1988, ten years to the day after Charles.