Grey Fabric Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames EA115 Ribbed Lounge Alu Chair
An original Eames and Herman Miller ribbed aluminum lounge chair on 5-star contract base and finished in grey fabric makes for a great indoor or outdoor chair. It is a little strange to think that this style of chair began, at its conception, as both an indoor and outdoor chair. Ray and Charles were approached by Eero Saarinen to design the aluminum group to be used both indoors and outdoors and the first editions were finished in mesh to allow this durability but the Eames’s quickly changed this to, the more popular leather, and to this soft fabric finish.
This fabric version makes for great reception or living chair, being molded to the body’s form from the revolutionary back-rest design which is made from an aluminum ‘ribbed’ design with the fabric/leather/mesh being stretched over it. This gives it a ‘leisure chair’ feel which means you can relax comfortably. The success of this design has meant there has been little change to the construction of office chairs in general and also in regards to the Eames’s own chair.
This slightly later version is notable due to its being made from a hard-wearing fabric and being on a 5-star contract base.
For their age, these are in very good condition. Some gentle cleaning of the aluminum will help bring them back to their former glory, but the metal is unpitied and the chairs still have their original feet.
The stamp on the underside of the chair indicates it is a later version of the iconic aluminum range.
The aluminum range have always retained a good value, mainly helped by their original, high, starting price. This particular example is in very good condition which should help maintain that steady increase.
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