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Time-Life Lobby Lounge Chair in Leather by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller

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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 important commission the Eames’ team received to design furniture for the Time Life Building in New York City which included a series of tables and most important; the Eames “Time Life” executive chair. The Eames’ intentions were to capture the comfort of their popular Eames lounge chair in a more streamlined fashion using lessons learned from their Aluminum Group range. This executive "Lobby" lounge chair, Model ES105, is one of the earliest of the suite. This iteration chair features a swivel base and is intended to be used as a lounge chair, pitched perfectly for optimal comfort. While Herman Miller continues to produce a contemporary desk chair version of this design, the shown 4-star base is often more desirable than the new base produced today, with this lounge version having since been discontinued completely. Thus this model ES105 executive lobby lounge chair is quite sought after. Pieces of this age, let alone Eames Time-Life lobby lounge chairs, are rarely seen in this spectacular condition. We currently have three (3) of these Model ES105 chairs available and every inch of them is original, unbelievably so. Their original Cigar Brown leather is just as crisp as it was in the 1970s, showing drastically less-than-expected wear which is consistent with age and light use. There are extremely minor occurrences of wear as represented in our photography however it is not anywhere near the wear we would expect to see from a piece forty-plus years old. The foam in all five upholstered portions of the chairs remain firm and plush, nowhere is there dryness, lack of support, or a "crunch". The aluminum hardware is mirror polished from the factory and while there exist minor scuffs, no major gouges can be found. Overall, each of these discontinued Eames Time-Life "Model ES105" lobby chairs are preserved design artifacts; their minor wear shows forty years of preservation, and they're ready for yet another life.

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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

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 studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (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.

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