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  • Shar Foley
Guide to Eames Style Office Chairs

Thinking of giving your work environment that 'Mad Men' look? Looking for chairs that are also robust enough to survive the daily grind in the workplace? Or perhaps you want something stylish for a home office area?

There are vast amounts of office chairs available online. Very cheap ones tend to have issues with wheels and castors breaking, plastics splitting and PU wearing quickly so it can be worth spending a little more on a decently made chair in a good quality upholstery that will age well and last the daily grind.

The original Aluminium group was a range designed by Eames in the 1950's and includes the following styles:-

the EA117 - this is a slim profile chair with horizontally ribbed stitching and a chair with a slender curved aluminium frame. It has a gas lift and the ability to adjust the back to allow a slight tilt or rock backwards or it can remain locked in an upright position. A design that has remained uber-cool and fashionable over five decades. 


 the EA217 and EA219 or 'soft pad' style. This has a chunkier look and comes in two versions, a high back (EA219) and a low back (EA217) with a padded cushion seat and padded cushioned back. Again with the distinctive chrome polished arms. Very versatile and it makes an ideal executive choice also.


the EA117 Mesh chair is just that, a thin mesh fabric is stretched across the aluminium frame allowing good air-flow to the user and so is favoured by those working at highly concentrated tasks which involve long periods of sitting.


the ES104 or 'the lobby chair' is the daddy of all these. The original was designed for the lobby areas of the Rockefeller Centre in New York in 1960 and it is a luxurious leather executive chair for  office or boardroom.

Large and chunky in design it needs a spacious room or office area to show off its angular powerful lines to the full.

Flat aluminium plate arms with the top raised off the frame and with padded cushion armrests and button detail. A very sumptious execuitve look.


The above chairs are usually supplied with gas lift and on castors to provide swivel, movement and lift. They can also be supplied on 'glides' (ie. without castors) if you want a chair to remain stationary and in one place or to protect floors from castors.

Conference Style Chairs

These tend to be swivel but without any gas lift so are not height adjustable and work very well as a group for boardroom (or conference) chairs but equally are a good choice for a slim home office chair if the height works with a desk, as you will not be able to adjust the height..

They are usually low back and coded as:

EA108 -  similar to the EA117/119 above with horizonal ribbed detail

EA208 - similar to the EA217/219 styles as above with padded seat and back cushion detail.


 There is a vast selection of upholstery available, from cheaper PU through to waxy aniline leathers so you can choose to suit your budget.

Polished chrome arms are more preferable to aluminium arms and a good quality chair will adhere to the lines and thickness of the frame and trim of original design.

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    Shar Foley

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