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Time Life Lobby Executive Desk Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1984

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The ultimate desk chair and timeless classic by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This Time Life 'Lobby' chair is wider than the standard Time Life chair and was the original design for the Time Life lobby lounge hence the chair's name. This Herman Miller chair is in soft and beautiful black leather over aluminum frame with a 4 star caster base. Underneath the chair are height and tilt adjust mechanisms and is also date stamped with a production date of September 21, 1984. *Note, we have two similar chairs available, priced individually, only one is photographed in this listing however you can select a quantity of 2 if you wish to purchase both. The other chair is very similar to this one with only minor variances such as slightly different casters. This Eames Time Life Lobby chair swivels, is height adjustable and can tilt. Feel free to kick your feet up on your desk after a long day. This is the most comfortable desk chair you can imagine, make any task enjoyable while sitting in the chair that reminds you that you've made it. For those who need a wider seat than most desk chairs offer - this provides ample space for increased comfort while working or lounging. What other management chair can double from work to lounge so easily? This Time Life 'Lobby' Executive Desk Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as a side chair, dining, cafe or breakfast table chair, bedside chair, fireside chair, dressing or changing room chair, hallway chair, entryway or mudroom chair, nursing or reading chair, conference room chair, office or desk chair, guest chair, lobby chair, lounge chair or occasional chair ideal in virtually any setting. So many functional uses with this fantastic collectible design. MEASUREMENTS: (is height adjustable by 2.5") H 33" to 35.5" x W 29" x D 27" Seat Height: 17.5" to 19" Seat Depth: 19.5" Seat Width: 25" Arm Height: 23" to 25.5" CONDITION: Very good vintage condition with light wear and light and even patina. Ready to be used immediately.

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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 “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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