Herman Miller Eames Walnut Stool (A)
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
Ray Eames drew on her training as a sculptor to design a new kind of occasional piece for the lobby of the Time-Life Building in New York City, and the resulting Eames walnut stools became her favorite seats, being liberally scattered about the Charles and Ray Eames home in Pacific Palisades.
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."
Very rarely does something so small demand so much attention. Available in three distinct styles, these solid walnut stools possess an old-world charm combined with the intricate craftsmanship of modern design. Their beautiful silhouettes stand whether they are used as stools or end tables.
Shape A shown here (shape B and shape C also available).
What's To Like:
The stools are the very definition of Functional Art. They feature three looks, with the center section of the stool coming in three distinctively sculpted profiles. The top surface and smaller bottom surface are both concave, making it possible to situate them with either side up.
What's Not to Like:
Being made from finished walnut wood, the stool is beautiful - and can be scuffed if you slide it around on the floor. Take care to lift it when you're moving it, and you'll be able to avoid that problem.
The Bottom Line:
Works of art, the Eames walnut stools are heirloom-quality, compactly sized, and give off an air of understated luxury. They fit in perfectly in really any decor style, due to their sculptural quality that can't be placed in any particular design era.
- Overall: 15" h x 13.25" diameter (bottom diameter 11.25")
- Arm height: 22.75"
- Solid walnut construction
- Three sculptural designs available
About the Designer
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plastic chair group, the aluminum chair group, and the Eames Stools. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
The Herman Miller Eames Walnut Stool is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: 411, 412, 413.