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American chess grand master Bobby Fischer pronounced Charles (1907–78) and Ray (1912–88) Eames’s Executive chair to be so comfortable that he insisted it was the only chair he could concentrate on during his world championship match against Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. In the end, both Spassky and Fischer were seated on the lightweight aluminum and leather chairs that have been seen in offices around the world since the piece's debut in 1960.


Modern American design luminaries Charles and Ray Eames initially came up with the concept for the Executive chair at the request of Time Inc. founder Henry Luce for the lobbies of the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Luce had asked the Eameses to design several of the property’s lobbies as a return favor for their use of the Time/Life photo library, to which they had been granted access for their film Glimpses of the U.S.A., first shown at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. Conceived to be smaller than the now-famous Eames Lounge chair, the Executive chair was versatile enough to be used as a conference-room chair while still extremely comfortable. Since then, the Eames Executive chair, which features three individual upholstered cushions, has become so synonymous with chic mid-century modernism that examples of it were used around the conference table on the set of the TV series Mad Men.


Charles and Ray Eames first met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where Ray was taking classes after studying painting with Hans Hofmann in New York. Charles had already established his own architecture practice in St. Louis, when he received a fellowship to Cranbrook and later headed its industrial design department. After marrying in 1941, the newlyweds moved to Los Angeles, where they established the Eames Office and eventually built their lifelong residence, the Eames House in Pacific Palisades as part of the Case Study House Program. Perhaps best known for their visionary work with molded plywood, the Eameses’ furniture designs, graphic and textile designs, films and architecture truly transformed American interior design and furniture like almost no other designer of the 20th century. Many museums throughout the United States, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, hold examples of the Eames Executive chair in their permanent collections.


Herman Miller, the core business of which was office furnishings by the 1960s, continues to produce the Eames Executive chair. In Europe, the alluring leather swivel chair is manufactured by Vitra as the Eames Lobby chair.

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Time Life 'Lobby' Desk Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Attention collectors and interior designers looking for the absolute best example of a Time Life chair for you or your client, read more below to find out why these are the perfect e...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

'Time Life' Executive Office Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Aluminum, Leather

Early 1960s Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
This early 1960s Charles and Ray Eames Aluminum Group lounge chair has a high back, relaxed pitch, and padded headrest pillow covered in hopsack, a balancing tilt and swivel. Its cle...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Time Life Lobby Executive Desk Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1984
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Aluminum, Leather

Eames "Time-Life" Executive Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wilton, CT
The great portfolio of Charles & Ray Eames is widely celebrated and serves as a model of inspiration for designers to this day. A momentous chapter in said portfolio is devoted to an...
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

Time-Life Lobby Lounge Chair in Leather by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wilton, CT
The great portfolio of Charles & Ray Eames is widely celebrated and serves as a model of inspiration for designers to this day. A momentous chapter in said portfolio is devoted to an...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Time-Life Lobby Lounge Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, Pair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wilton, CT
The great portfolio of Charles & Ray Eames is widely celebrated and serves as a model of inspiration for designers to this day. A momentous chapter in said portfolio is devoted to an...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Time Life Executive Desk Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1977, Signed
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These incredible deep brown leather 'Time Life' executive swivel desk chairs were designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1959 and manufactured by Herman Miller. Known to be the most co...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Time Life Swivel Lounge Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1977, Signed
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Aluminum, Leather

Time-Life Executive Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Boston, MA
Designed in 1959 by the Eames for New York's Time-Life Building, this aluminum-framed executive chair offers a generous and luxurious seat in rich eggplant-hued leather.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

One Set Herman Miller Time Life Lounge Chair and Ottoman
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 commis...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

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