Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Eames Wire Stool

Upper half of a silver Eames Wire Stool., viewed from a 45-degree angle.

High-wire act

Eames Wire Stool

During a career of endless experimentation and exploration, Charles and Ray Eames continually revisited and refined their ideas. Perhaps the best example of this process is their design for a single-shell chair. Numerous iterations of the Eames Shell Chairs have been realised, leveraging the materials and processes that were both intriguing and available to Charles and Ray at any particular time.

It’s in that spirit that the Eames Wire Chair, itself a result of experiments with bent and welded wire during the 1950s, has been introduced as a stool. A light, airy form, the Eames Wire Stool is available in a choice of finishes, bar- or counter-heights, and with optional seat pad or two-piece leather “bikini” pad.

Upper half of a silver Eames Wire Stool with a black seat pad, viewed from the side.

For every need

Charles Eames famously said: “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” With the moulded plastic, fibreglass and wood shell chairs, as well as the wire chair, Charles and Ray Eames created a universal response to what everyone wants from a chair: a simple, gracious form that fits any body and every place.

A poster showing photos of various mid-century modern furniture pieces.
Ray and Charles Eames, designers of the Eames Molded Wood Stool.

In every way

Born out of Charles Eames’ and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations into the moulding of plywood at Cranbrook Academy, Michigan, in 1939, and continued with Ray at the Eames studio in Venice, California, the moulded chair is a prime example of the Eames iterative process and their desire to make “the best for the most for the least”. With each new form, finish and configuration, the Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be: after experimenting with single-form plywood and stamped metal, they turned to fibreglass and experimented with bent wire; when fibreglass production proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch production to a safer plastic; and now, with advancements in safe fibreglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution continues with the Moulded Fibreglass and Moulded Wood Chairs.

For everyone

The Eames shell chair was designed on the principle of adaptability, offering innumerable configurations to serve a wide variety of applications and environments. It’s what makes the chair a classic worthy of museum collections, as well as living rooms, laundrettes, lobbies and cafés. It’s also what makes it a great first piece of furniture to buy in your twenties, that’s still worthy and relevant enough to hand down to your children 20 years later. A diverse selection of shell, base, colour and finish options enable you to create your perfect chair. Just like every person, every chair has a story.

Historical images of eight chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.

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