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Eames Executive Chair

Product Story

Eames Executive Work Chairs, also known as Time-Life chairs, were created, along with the Eames walnut stools, for the three ultra-modern lobbies of the Time-Life Building in 1960. Also appropriate because when you sit in this chair, you’ll have the time of your life.

Eames Executive Chair

It’s All in the Details

This luxurious chair is an example of Charles Eames’ belief that “details are not details; they make the product”. Generously sized, the executive work chair features a lightweight aluminium frame and base and finely detailed leather or fabric upholstery accented with covered buttons and edge details typical of traditional fine furniture.

Expanded Options

If you choose leather, you can opt for our contract-grade leather or our MCL Leather, a premium, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100% natural full-grain. Colour variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time.

The MCL Leather is available multiple colours in autumn 2011. And to complement lighter materials, we are offering powder-coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with the traditional polished aluminium.

Eames Executive Chair

Luxurious Comfort

Comfort comes first. The seat has 114.7-mm foam cushions; the back cushions are 76.2-mm. Armrests are well padded.

Adjustable seat height, tilt-swivel mechanism and a five-star base add to the comfort. Available with casters or glides, so that the chairs can work well in a conference room, board room, conversation area or behind a desk.

Design Story

When George Nelson asked Charles Eames to help in the design of the US pavilion at the Moscow world exhibition in 1959, they had to work fast. Eames called his friend Henry Luce, the chairman of Time-Life, to request access to Time-Life’s vast archive of images. Luce’s only condition was that Eames return the favour one day.

A year after the exhibition in Moscow, which was a great success and featured Eames’ multi-screen slide show for the first time, Luce called to ask Eames for a chair for the executive floors in his new building. Together with his wife, Eames responded with the Time-Life chair and walnut stools. We still produce them, and with our new MCL Leather, we are returning the soft hand that characterised the original.