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Time Life Swivel Lounge Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1977, Signed

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These incredible deep brown leather 'Time Life' executive swivel lounge chairs were designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1959 and manufactured by Herman Miller. Known to be the most comfortable and ergonomic executive chair, these Time Life Executive Chairs feature their original deep brown colored leather over aluminum frames with tilt function, swivel and height adjustment. The feet can be removed and swapped for casters instead if you prefer a rolling caster base. Signed with Herman Miller labels and date stamped underneath with a manufacture date of April 20, 1977. Note, we have 4 available at the time of this listing, priced individually. Currently one is on casters but we can swap the casters out for feet if you are looking to purchase all four, or transversely the feet can be swapped out for casters if you want multiples with casters. Designed by Charles Eames and Ray Eames in 1959 for the Time Life building in New York City, this executive 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 dark brown leather, both back cushions tufted by two buttons and seat cushion with four tufted buttons, these executive or management armchairs were created specifically for comfort and support. Padded armrests are perched on the aluminum frame, while casters mobilize the chair from the four prong sculptural legs, which are the early production (original) design before they later on changed to a five star base. For collectors, the four prong base on this set is much more desirable. The chairs have a mechanism to adjust the tilt function and another mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of the chair with a range of 2.5" inches. Signed underneath with Herman Miller labels and date stamped April 26th, 1977. These luxurious and collectible Time Life desk chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller 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 Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Time Life Executive Chairs would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment or office but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Postmodern room or office. 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 side chairs, dining, cafe or breakfast table chairs, bedside chairs, fireside chairs, dressing or changing room chairs, hallway chairs, entryway or mudroom chairs, nursing or reading chairs, conference room chairs, office or desk chairs, guest chairs, lobby chairs, lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. Measurements: (height can be adjust by a total of 2.5") H 32" to 34.5" x W 27" x D 27.75" Seat height 15.5"-18" Seat depth 19" Arm height 21.5"-24" Condition: Very good to excellent vintage condition. Prime signed collectors example. Ready for immediate use.

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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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