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Vintage Original Eames Boardroom Table and Chair Set by Vitra and Herman Miller

$11,094.40per set

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An exceptional vintage Charles and Ray Eames Boardroom table and chair set with original Vitra table and 8 dark grey leather Herman Miller soft pad chairs. Dating from the mid-1980s this is a truly rare and beautiful example of a complete Boardroom set that would have graced the offices of numerous powerhouse firms such as IBM throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It features the original veneered wide oval table top (I believe it’s Black Ash) that comes complete with a rare pure black base and central plastic covered utility aperture. It’s labelled by Vitra under one of the main supports as shown and is in excellent vintage condition with only minor marks here and there commensurate with age and use. It's matched to 8 original dark grey leather Herman Miller aluminium swivel base soft pad chairs with impressed marks in the base – the dark grey leather adds to their rarity. The soft pad chair is an icon of 20th century design and is still produced today as it remains as one of the most comfortable office task chairs you’ll ever sit in. The chairs were offered for purchase with or without arms and suited different purposes. The chairs with arms were generally used as desk chairs but the chairs without arms were more used for conference and meeting room settings as one can slide in and out of them more easily. They are in well used condition as can be evidenced from the photos. As such they have age related marks, a few dents in the seat, little knocks on the corners, creases and wear but overall this results in a general patina that adds to their appeal – they clearly have a history, but show it well. The bases are in very good condition for their age with just minor scuffing and light scratches and knocks but with no tarnish and naturally, as they are cast Aluminium, no signs of rust. If you’re looking for an impressive and classic Boardroom or meeting room table and chairs set then look no further. The obvious vintage nature of the set immediately adds gravitas and age to any setting that new mass produced furniture would never come close to. It would also work well as a funky, more industrial style home dining table. Dimensions Table: H 73 x W 240 x W 120cm Chairs: H 87 x W 52 x D 60cm Seat height 52cm.

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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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