Product Story - Are they really stools? Places to
sit? Are they tables? Plant stands? Accent pieces for homes,
offices, lobbies? Yes. They've been called abstract chess
pieces. Well, no. Made of solid walnut, these stools designed
by Charles and Ray Eames can be used anywhere, alone or
in groups, and are beautifully versatile.
Design Story - At the time it was built in 1959,
the Time-Life Building was the largest slab-formed skyscraper
in New York. It was a modern marvel, featuring an ultra-modern
lobby with murals by Joseph Albers and Fritz Glarner. In
1960, Ray Eames was asked to design occasional pieces for
that lobby to accompany chairs designed by her husband,
Charles. Trained as a sculptor, Eames created the walnut
stools, which became her favorite seats and were scattered
all over the Pacific Palisades home she shared with Charles.
A museum curator once ordered two of these stools for his
son and daughter. "Graduation gifts?" he was asked. "No,"
he said, "the kids are only five and three. But I want them
to have the experience of growing up with something truly
good that they can keep all their lives."
Three Looks to Choose From - The center section
of the Eames walnut stool is done in three distinctively
shaped profiles. Choose the one you like, or choose two
or three - the same or different. Each stool is made of
turned walnut; pick it up - you can tell instantly that
it's solid wood. 15 inches high. Top diameter 13 inches,
bottom diameter 11 inches.
Flip It! - You can turn the stools over. Both surfaces