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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
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....
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Textile, Wood

Eames Time Life Stool Model A
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Oakland, CA
Times Life stool model A designed by Ray and Charles Eames for the Time Life Building during the 1950s, crafted from turned solid walnut. These are newer production pieces, rich colo...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Time-Life Walnut Stool by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This model 411 walnut stool is one of three designs which were originally created by Charles and Ray Eames for the lobby of the Time-Life building in 1961. The solid walnut forms fun...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Time Life Stool B
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Oakland, CA
Times Life stool model designed by Ray and Charles Eames for the Time Life Building during the 1950s, crafted from turned solid walnut. These are newer production pieces, rich color...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Iconic Legacy: Eames Wood Elephant Stool for Vitra, circa 2000
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Immerse yourself in the timeless design legacy of Ray and Charles Eames with the iconic "Eames Wood Elephant Stool" created for Vitra around 2000. Originally designed in 1945, this piece is a testament to the Eames' pioneering work in the 1940s, where they dedicated years to perfecting the technique of molding laminated wood into intricate three-dimensional forms. A remarkable piece of history, the Eames Wood Elephant Stool was part of the initial designs that emerged from this groundbreaking process. Its two-piece structure, featuring multiple closed curves, presented a technical challenge, and although it never entered production, it remains a symbol of the Eames' innovative spirit. One of the prototypes found its way to Lucia Eames, Charles' daughter, as a gift when she was just 14 years old. Later, it was lent to the Museum of Modern Art in New York for an exhibition in 1946, and today, it is still held by the Eames family. This Vitra-manufactured Eames Elephant Stool...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Plywood

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Walnut Time Life Stool
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Walnut Time Life Stool This stool measures: 13 wide x 13 deep x 15 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vinta...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Pair of Yellow, Swivel Barstools / Drafting Stools by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare pair of bar stools / drafting stools with armless yellow fiberglass bucket / shell chair seats designed by Charles and Ray Eames on bases designed by George Nelson. Both have ad...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Steel

A Time Life stool by Charles and Ray
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Time Life stool by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Literature: Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Neuhart, Neuhart and Eames, ppg. 248-249 Pro...
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Early 2000s American Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames for Herman Miller Time Life Walnut Stool
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller time life stool, circa mid-1960s. This solid walnut example has incredible graining and has been newly detai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Charles and Ray Eames, Time Life Stool, Walnut, USA, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in High Point, NC
A turned walnut "Time Life" stool designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller, USA, 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Eames Original 1960's Time Life Walnut Stool
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charles and Ray Eames Time Life Stool. Original 60's Version with beautiful Color and Patina. Bought from the original owners, stool is in great shape! Last photo shows it with a ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Ray and Charles Eames Herman Miller Molded Shell Bar Stool Chair Kelly Green
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a 2020 production Herman Miller Eames molded side shell chair with bar stool base. This example has not been used in a home or office...
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2010s American Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Metal

Adjustable stool swivel side chair by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
eames‘ plasticchairs are omnipresent nowadays: practical, good-looking and loved by everyone. but when you’re not „everyone“ and would like to insert something special into your interior, here we’ve got a striking discovery: a drafting chair. black fibreglass sidechair shell on height-adjustable, swivelling drafting frame. often the designs by ray and charles eames took part at historical events. chess players bobby fischer...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Metal

Eames Herman Miller Drafting Stool Vinyl and Fiberglass Seat Aluminum Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Eames designed drafting stools, manufactured by Herman Miller circa… The stools feature vibrant blue vinyl seats, light gray fiberglass shells, gr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Aluminum, Steel

Wire Bikini Stools by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Barcelona, ES
Pair of Wire stools designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA, 1960's. Special edition with steel structure re-lacquered in dark gray and new bikini pads.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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 Herman Miller stool in its original finish. 4 matching stools were acquired at the same time from a Grosse Pointe Michigan Estate. This one is often re...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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 informe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Walnut

Pair of Eames Herman Miller Bar Stools in Alexander Girard Black White Check
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
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 ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Steel

Original Eames Time Life Stool B
By Charles and Ray Eames, 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 196...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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

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

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

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 commissioned by the Navy to produce molded plywood splints, stretchers, and experimental glider shells. In 1946, Evans Products began producing the Eameses` molded plywood furniture. Their molded plywood chair was called "the chair of the century" by the influential architectural critic Esther McCoy. Soon production was taken over by Herman Miller, Inc ., who continues to produce the furniture in the United States to this day. Another company, Vitra International, manufactures furniture in Europe. The Eameses continued to create new furniture designs into the 1970s. Examples include the molded plastic or fiberglass chairs from the early 1950s and the famous lounge chair and ottoman from 1956. Sturdy, comfortable and elegant office furniture was created in the 1960s, as well as seating designed for Dulles and O`Hare Airports. This Tandem Sling Seating is still in use in airports around the world today. 1948 designed Herman Miller Eames vinyl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Stools

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Chrome

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

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

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Charles And Ray Eames stools for sale on 1stDibs.

Charles and Ray Eames stools are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Charles and Ray Eames stools, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 17 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original stools by Charles and Ray Eames were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider stools by Herman Miller, Paul McCobb, and George Nelson. Prices for Charles and Ray Eames stools can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $375 and can go as high as $12,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,250.
Questions About Charles and Ray Eames Stools
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames are famous for their chair designs. The couple released their first iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman in 1956 and went on to create more chairs that changed the idea of comfortable seating. In addition to being great furniture designers, Ray and Charles were also graphic and textile designers, architects and film-makers. Shop a collection of Eames chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    Charles and Ray Eames were related by marriage. Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Bernice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist who studied under painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit and married the next year. Shop a selection of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames have been recognized as the 20th century’s most influential designers and are best known for their highly recognizable chairs. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are an iconic duo in modern-styled furniture, and s​ome 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. Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    For Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs designed for Herman Miller, molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and cast aluminum were used in production. You can shop a collection of Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rosewood was the favorite wood of famed American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Rosewood made its way into some of the duo’s most celebrated designs, including the iconic Eames lounge chair. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of genuine Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Yes, Charles Eames chairs are comfortable. The Eameses — Charles and Ray — were fascinated by ergonomics and designed chairs with comfort in mind. The legendary mid-century modernist designer-couple famously called their Eames lounge chair and ottoman “a special refuge from the strains of modern living” and described their design as having the “warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

    While the couple’s DCW chairs, introduced in the 1940s, prioritized ease of production and affordability of materials, the Eames lounger, which debuted in 1956, was Charles and Ray’s interpretation of luxury furniture. And to the Eameses, luxury meant, above all, comfort.

    Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.

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