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Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

Charles (1907–78) studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser, 1912–88) was an artist, who studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (the legendary institution where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their Wire chair group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful La Chaise. In 1956 the Eames lounge chair and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

The collection of original Eames furniture on 1stDibs includes chairs, tables, case pieces and other items.

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Creator: Charles and Ray Eames
Eames Time Life Walnut Stool Model C
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Eames Time Life Stool. I was a Herman Miller Dealer in the mid 1990's and sold this stool to a customer when they were first reintroduced. Shows nice color unlike new models that hav...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Set of Three Vintage Eames Time Life Stools
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Suite of original time life stools, including models A, B, C, designed by Ray and Charles Eames. A striking design first commissioned for the Time Life Building and informed by Ray E...
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Mid-20th Century North American Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Walnut Time-Life Stools by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Highland, IN
A complete set of vintage walnut stools designed in 1960 by Charles and Ray Eames for the Time-Life building and made by Herman Miller. These beautiful, solid wood sculptural pieces ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Original Eames Time Life Stool B
By Ray Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Time Life Stool B, designed by Charles and Ray Eames. One of the three sculptural forms created by Ray Eames for the Time Life building in 1960. Gorgeous mosaic walnut grain...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Time Life Stool Model C
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original, first-issue Time Life Stool C, designed by Charles and Ray Eames. A striking design first commissioned for the Time Life Building and informed by Ray Eames’ sculpture pract...
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Mid-20th Century Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Time Life Stool A
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original, first-issue time life stool A, designed by Charles and Ray Eames. A striking design first commissioned for the Time Life Building and informed by Ray Eames’ sculpture pract...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Set of Three Eames for Herman Miller Time Life Building Turned Wood Stools
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
The Eames stools are solid walnut and the center shaft comes in three distinctively sculpted profiles. The top surface and the smaller bottom surface are both concave. Ray Eames dr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Wood, Walnut

Vintage Herman Miller Walnut Time Life Stool Model C
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Eames Time Life stool in turned walnut. Produced by Herman Miller. Vintage production. In good condition with normal wear.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Vintage Aluminum Group Ottoman / Stool by Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Aluminum Group Ottoman / Stool by Eames for Herman Miller. Stamped Herman Miller.
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1960s American Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Aluminum

Vintage Time Life Walnut Stool
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
A lathe-turned wood stool by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA, circa 1950. Ships from Hudson, NY. Dimensions: 15 inches H x 13 inches W.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Wood

Complete Vintage Set of Eames Time Life Stools 'ABC' in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Round Rock, TX
Iconic and complete set of walnut Time Life stools designed by Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These examples, models A, B and C have been with one another since they left the factory. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Pair of Eames Herman Miller Bar Stools in Alexander Girard Black White Check
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Excellent and basically brand new Eames for Herman Miller barstools. Client bought the set and decided to go in a different direction. I traded them. Never sat in. Wonderful Alexande...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Steel

1970s Ray Eames Time Life Walnut Apple Core Stool Table Chess Plant Stand Rustic
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Patinated 1970s production, acquired from a Grosse Pointe Michigan Estate. Apple Core design. All joinery is tight, just a lot of superficial patina to all surfaces.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Molded Plywood Elephant by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Charles and Ray Eames designed this toy elephant in 1945 while developing and refining their technique for molding plywood into three-dimensional shapes. It was never mass produced u...
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Mid-20th Century Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Cherry, Plywood

Pair of Barstools Designed by Eames for Herman Miller with Blue Velvet Covers
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of rare barstools designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller circa 1970s, the navy blue velvet seat cover shows light wear and light stains as shown on the pics but has ni...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Metal

Vintage Aluminum Group Ottoman / Stool by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Aluminum Group Ottoman / Stool by Eames for Herman Miller. Stamped Herman Miller.
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1960s American Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Aluminum

Maharam Covered Stool by Scholten & Baijings
By Charles and Ray Eames, Scholten & Baijings, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Covered Stool by Scholten & Baijings Small Dot Pattern by Charles and Ray Eames, 1947 105 Charcoal Tinted beechwood base with Small Dot pattern textile. Stackable. Made in Japan by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Textile, Wood

1 Midcentury H Miller Eames Fiberglass Stool with H-Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Charles and Ray Eames Charles and Ray married in 1941 and moved to California where they continued their furniture design work with molding plywood. During the war, they were com...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Chrome

Herman Miller Eames Adjustable Drafting Stool Chair on Casters in Medium Blue
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous and rare Eames drafting stool produced by Herman Miller. Circa 1970s with cast aluminum base with wheels and adjustable height. Features rare color shell in Medium Blue. Gor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Aluminum

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Charles and Ray Eames stools for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has Charles and Ray Eames stools available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Charles and Ray Eames collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 15 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of Charles and Ray Eames' original stools were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider stools by Paul McCobb, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman. Prices for Charles and Ray Eames stools can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $675 and tops out at $8,900, while pieces like these can sell for $2,499.

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