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Time Life 'Lobby' Desk Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, Signed

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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 examples for the discriminating collector client. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1959 and manufactured by Herman Miller, this mesmerizing trio of very rare color-way Time Life 'Lobby' chairs are unique for 3 design-centric and collector-centric reasons: First, they are the wider 'Lobby' versions of this design which are no longer in production making these more rare than the smaller Executive chair versions. For those with a wider frame, you will find the extra width makes these uniquely comfortable compared to any other desk chair. Even for average sized people having more space is a serious upgrade from the conventional desk chair. Now the Lobby Lounges are already much more rare, but given this is on a four-star caster base which allows you to use it as a desk chair and not only as a lounge chair, these examples are even more special and hard to find. Secondly, the frames are a powder coated dark charcoal grey which looks black in darker settings and medium to dark grey in brighter settings. This was a rare design feature unique to around the 1980s and in our opinion, amazing. So very 1980s which if you can believe it, is almost now 40 years ago! And very few Time Life chairs can be found with this design option and especially on Lobby variations. If you are designing a 1980s Post Modern or Memphis styled rooms and want a Time Life chair for it, this is the ideal solution to get the room just right. Third, the eggplant purple leather is absolutely incredible. The word eggplant doesn't sound great when describing a color but the color on these are just so fabulous. The patina and light leather distressing shows as a pinkish orange. Or an orangish pink. Whichever way you call it, it looks amazing. Mostly concentrated to the arms and a little to the seat. The dynamic colors mixed with eggplant purple is such a cool combination. It works so well together. In our opinion these chairs are perfect. Note, at the time of this listing we have 3 available, each chair is priced individually. Designed by Charles Eames and Ray Eames in 1959 for the Time Life building in New York City, this Time Life Lobby office armchair hasn't budged from its role as the pinnacle of professional style, as proven by its constant appearance in the entire Mad Men series. Upholstered in beautiful and vibrant eggplant purple leather, both back cushions tufted by two buttons, these executive management armchairs were created specifically for comfort and support. Padded armrests are perched on the powder coated aluminum frame, while casters mobilize the chair from the four prong sculptural legs. Signed underneath with Herman Miller labels. These luxurious and collectible desk chairs are bar none the quintessential piece for those who need to have the best in their place of relaxation or work. The legendary chess player Bobby Fischer required a Time Life chair during his games for its supreme comfort. As stated on Eames Office's website: "In 1972, chess grand master Bobby Fischer specifically requested the Eames (Time-Life) executive chair while he competed in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. He said he could concentrate well in the chair. When opponent Boris Spaasky saw it, he refused to play until he got one, too." These executive task chairs are ideal for an elegant postmodern or Mid-Century Modern study, sitting room, den or screening room. They would also work well in a contemporary, danish modern, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco creative office, club, gaming room or studio. Also consider in a traditional, transitional, classical or craftsman hospitality or corporate location, such as a private members club, conference room, hip start up or executive office. Condition: Very good vintage condition with attractive patina and light leather distressing. Frames are sturdy and structurally sound with light wear. Excellent vintage examples and ready for immediate use. Measurements: H 32" x W 29" x D 28" Seat height 18.5" Seat depth 19" Arm height 23.5".

Details

  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles Eames (Designer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition with attractive patina and light leather distressing. Frames are sturdy and structurally sound with light wear. Excellent vintage examples and ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330216917691

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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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