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Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Product Story

Eames Tandem Sling Seating serves millions of travellers every day and does it comfortably and reliably.

Designed for O’Hare International Airport in 1962, the sleek, contemporary design remains in style in all kinds of public transport stations. Around the world, people find it a comfortable, inviting place to wait. And terminal operators appreciate its space-saving flexibility, durability and easy maintenance.

Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Suits the Space

The genius of the Eames design is the black T-beam that allows two to seven seats and tables to be attached in any order along its length. In addition, an armless version is available through Herman Miller Options. To maximise your space, seats can also be arranged back to back. With so many configuration options, this seating can easily meet the needs of any location. And the sleek look complements public spaces without overwhelming them.

Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Comfort While You Wait

Wide, padded seats and an open seat-to-back angle keep you comfortable, even when your flight is delayed. The support beam design leaves plenty of room underneath for your hand luggage.

Made for 24/7/365 Use

To test the strength and durability of the Eames Tandem Sling Seating, we dropped a 45.4-kg weight on a prototype seat pad 15,000 times from a height of 12.7 cm. In real life, the Eames Tandem Sling Seating has proven its durability under the most gruelling conditions every day, around the clock.

Maximum strength is provided by the continuous, joint-free, die-cast aluminium chair frames and support beams. Pads are polyurethane foam pressed and sealed between two layers of vinyl for a durable, wrinkle-free surface. Legs are polished aluminium with nylon glides.

Eames Tandem Sling Seating

Easy Care

There are no stitch lines to gather dust, so the seats always look fresh and clean. Seat and back pads are the same size and interchangeable. Along with arm pads, they can be replaced on site.

Pneumatic lift and tilt lock are available as options on the management and executive models.

Design Story

Charles and Ray Eames designed their Tandem Sling Seating for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 1962 to address the need for comfortable, attractive and sturdy public seating. They based the design on the sling system developed for their Aluminium Group chairs.

In 2009, the Chicago Architecture Foundation held an exhibition entitled “ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport“, which included a pair of Eames Tandem Sling Seats along with an acoustic installation of airport sounds and historic photographs of the airport by Hedrich Blessing and Robert Burley.

Although it was designed over 50 years ago, this seating can hardly be bettered. In 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald asked a selection of designers and architects to nominate the best and worst of design. Some of the “best” choices were the Jaguar E-type from the 1960s, a toothbrush and the classic Coke bottle.

But Che Wall, founding Chair of the World Green Building Council, chose the Eames Tandem Sling Seating as the design he loved most: “Ray and Charles Eames designed them for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 1962. There are horrible airports and the seats are their saving grace. Seriously elegant, they are also simplistic and do their function well. They don’t have any seams, so they are low maintenance. And they are comfortable."