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Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration up to 18 aluminum group chairs in black leather designed by Eames for Herman
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration up to 6 Aluminum Group chairs in black leather designed by Eames for Herman
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Pair of Restored Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Management Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
management chairs Newly powder-coated frames in white with upholstered cushions in Herman Miller grade
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Black Leather Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic Mid-Century Modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Aluminum Group management chair in leather for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Eames Aluminum Group management chair for Herman Miller. I believe the color is Espresso or Slate
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

Herman Miller Aluminum Group Management Chair by Charles Eames, c. 1965
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Belmont, MA
Eames Aluminum Group for Herman Miller Task Chair, Zeeland, Michigan, c. 1965, aluminum, leather
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

MCM Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Terra Cotta Leather Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic mid-century modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Gray Leather Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic Mid-Century Modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Brown Leather Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic mid-century modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Leather Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic Mid-Century Modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

2007 Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Management Desk Chairs in Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a single (multiple chairs are available, but the price listed is for each chair) Eames
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Black Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic Mid-Century Modern Eames aluminum group management chair. A timeless design
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

2008 Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Management Desk Chair in Tan Naugahyde
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
) Herman Miller Eames aluminum group management desk chair in tan naugahyde, the favorite material of
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

2010s Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Management Desk Chair in Gray Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a single Herman Miller Eames aluminum group management desk chair in gray leather with
Category

2010s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Management Chairs in Grey Fabric Upholstery c. 1980 - 1990s 4 Available
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Sharp set of 4 Eames aluminum group management chairs in gray fabric, with cast aluminum frames
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1980s Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Management Side Chairs in Black Fabric
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a single (two chairs are available, though the price listed is for each chair) Eames
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

2000s Eames Herman Miller Gray Leather Office Chairs Aluminum Group
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These original Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height textured gray leather desk chairs
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Black Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height black leather office chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Cream Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height cream leather office chair from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

2000s Eames Herman Miller Orange Brown Leather Office Chair Mid Century
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
modern office chair was first introduced in 1969 by Charles and Ray Eames as the luxury model of the 1958
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
The Aluminum Group Thin Pad Management side office chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Original Mid Century Black Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height black leather office chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Charles & Ray Eames EA117 Office Chair in Aubergine Leather and Aluminum, Vitra
By Charles Eames, Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic office chair EA117 belonging to the famous Aluminum Series designed by Charles & Ray Eames
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Aluminum

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather office chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather office chairs from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather office chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather office chair from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Black Leather Office Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller, 2001
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height black leather office chairs from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Eames for Herman Miller Dark Gray Leather Office Chair Aluminum Group Soft Pad
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height gray leather office chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

1980s Vintage Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Boston, MA
Eames Soft Pad Management chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller circa 1983. Wrapped in
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid Century Black Leather Office Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller 8 Available
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These Aluminum Group Management height office chairs designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Black Leather Aluminum Group Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
The Aluminum Group Management office chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller is
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Eames Herman Miller Brown Leather Desk Chair Soft Pad 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather office chair from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

2001 Eames Herman Miller Black Leather Desk Chairs Aluminum Group
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height black leather office chairs from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Herman Miller Eames Dark Brown Leather Desk Chair Soft Pad
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This original Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height dark brown leather desk chair from
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Bespoke Charles & Ray Eames Smoke Blue Leather EA219 Desk Chair
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Dronten, NL
The models EA 217 and EA 219 are the office swivel chairs in the Soft Pad Group by Charles and Ray
Category

2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid Century Brown Leather Desk Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height brown leather desk chair from the
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Black Leather Desk Chair by Eames for Herman Miller, 2001
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height black leather office chair from
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Eames Aluminum Group Management Chairs for Herman Miller ( up to 4 )
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are these Eames Aluminum Group chairs upholstered in gorgeous purple fabric
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in London, GB
Set of eight Eames aluminium group management chairs Marked Herman Miller 938-138 Pale grey
Category

Mid-20th Century Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
H 33.47 in W 19.69 in D 23.63 in
Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
Located in London, GB
Set of four Eames aluminium group management chairs Brown fabric upholstery Marked Herman Miller
Category

Mid-20th Century Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
Eames Aluminium Group Management Chairs
H 33.08 in W 19.69 in D 20.87 in
Vintage Midcentury Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group Side Office Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
This vintage Classic Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group Management side chair
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Management Office Chair in Black Leather for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Eames EA335 management office chair in black leather with five-star base, height adjustment
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Management Office Chair in cognac leather for Herman Miller USA
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Eames EA335 management office chair in cognac leather with five-star base, spindle and tilt-swivel
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Multiple Eames Management Office Chair in Cognac Leather for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Eames EA335 management office chair in cognac leather with five-star base, spindle and tilt-swivel
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Management Office Chair in Cognac Leather for Herman Miller, USA
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Eames EA335 management office chair in cognac leather with five-star base, spindle and tilt-swivel
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames EA217 Management Soft Pad Vitra Office Chair
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable management office chair in very good condition. Lightweight aluminum (chromed) frame
Category

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Eames EA217 Management Soft Pad Vitra Office Chair
Eames EA217 Management Soft Pad Vitra Office Chair
H 33.08 in W 23.23 in D 26.78 in L 33.08 in
Eames Soft Pad Leather Office Management Chair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Eames soft pad leather office management swivel chair in Grey leather with polished
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Charles and Ray Eames EA335 Management Office Chair in Red Leather
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Eames EA335 management office chair with five-star base, spindle and tilt-swivel mechanism. Good
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A handsome example of a Classic Eames design with uncommon light gray leather and older black
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair
Eames Soft Pad Management Chair
H 34.25 in W 23 in D 21 in
Eames Management Chairs by Herman Miller
By Charles Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Soft Pad Group 1969. Bases adhere to Osha requirements for office chairs. These are Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Management Chairs by Herman Miller
Eames Management Chairs by Herman Miller
H 33 in W 23 in D 18 in L 33 in
Eames EA435 Dark Blue Management Soft Pad Office Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable management office chair in very good condition with normal light wear. Lightweight
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Vintage Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage aluminum group management chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Upholstered in
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Vintage Eames for Herman Miller Management Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Eames for Herman Miller 'management' chair. Green leather upholstery on aluminum frame. 5-star
Category

Mid-20th Century Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

50th Anniversary Eames Aluminum Group "Management Chairs"
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
50th anniversary aluminum group Management Chairs. Original red leather. Designed by Charles
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

Set of 4 Eames Soft Pad Leather Office Management Chair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Eames soft pad leather office management swivel chair in Grey leather with polished aluminum
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Eames Management Desk Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames aluminium management desk chair in excellent condition.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair Model EA434
By Charles and Ray Eames, ICF Milano 1
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Classic Soft Pad Management chair by Ray and Charles Eames. Supple black leather and chromed
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair in Black Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Eames soft pad management chair in black leather. New production, never been used. We have two
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Soft Pad Management Office Chair in Leather by Eames for Herman Miller, c. 1995
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Deland, FL
: 16 in / 40.64 cm Arm Height: 21.25 in / 53.98 cm Condition: This iconic office chair is in 100
Category

1990s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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Eames Management Office Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal eames management office chair for your home. Frequently made of metal, aluminum and animal skin, every eames management office chair was constructed with great care. Find 90 options for an antique or vintage eames management office chair now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer eames management office chair, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right eames management office chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one eames management office chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Charles Eames produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Eames Management Office Chair?

A eames management office chair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,650, while the lowest priced sells for $399 and the highest can go for as much as $7,995.

Herman Miller for sale on 1stDibs

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest chairs, sofas, tables and other furniture ever.

Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company — named for its chief financial backer — began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D.J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.

Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms

Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. Such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless — staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

Find a range of vintage Herman Miller office chairs, desks, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right office-chairs-desk-chairs for You

An essential part of every office or home workstation, office chairs and desk chairs are critically important to your comfort and getting the job done.

Desk chairs have evolved over time. While writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson pined for a wider range of motion and introduced some improvements to his English-style Windsor chair, inventing the swivel chair along the way. So the next time you roll, recline or swivel at your vintage desk, remember: The third president of the United States had a lot to do with that functionality.

Changes in the availability of resources have also led to innovations in desk chair design. After World War II, for example, optimistic American designers made use of wartime materials in their efforts to create practical domestic goods.

Mid-century modernism is the name given to the broad postwar time period that prioritized thoughtful design. Journalist Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” cites “ergonomic wisdom” as part of the reason for the longevity of the era’s furnishings, and when it comes to sitting in a desk chair for hours at a time, what could be more important than ergonomic support?

As mid-century modernism was marked by resourcefulness and boundless creativity — and produced designers who, in most cases, prioritized comfort and support — it follows that all mid-century chairs are not the same. Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than at Herman Miller. The legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer got its start in the office, with design director George Nelson enlisting the likes of Charles and Ray Eames to produce desk chairs and lounge chairs that are still celebrated today. Elsewhere at the time, the numerous pieces Florence Knoll created for Knoll’s office furniture line were envisioned as design solutions for the changing needs of residential and office spaces.

If you’re working remotely and streamlined seating isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid of making a statement with your office chair. Introduce a touch of drama to your video calls by way of 19th-century desk accessories and the alluring forms we typically associate with antique desk chairs designed in the Empire and Regency styles. For a minimalist touch, a spare, utilitarian Industrial-style office chair can work in any space but will fit in particularly well amid the exposed brick and steel architecture that characterizes a loft apartment.

An inspiring home office cleverly mixes materials and styles to create a welcoming place of productivity and comfort, and if you’re gathering with colleagues at your company HQ, an array of wood, leather and metal office chairs can help integrate disparate textures in a conference room or any other collaborative space. On 1stDibs, explore a diverse collection of office and desk chairs today.

Questions About Herman Miller
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021
    The best Herman Miller chair is going to vary by owner. There have been many revered chairs and other seating manufactured by the legendary American furniture company over the years. Chairs by Herman Miller are often alluring in appearance, comfortable, and long-lasting. 1stDibs offers a variety of vintage and new Herman Miller chairs that are contemporary in design and durable.