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Are they really stools? Places to sit? Are they tables? Plant stands? Accent pieces for homes, offices or lobbies? Yes. They’ve been called abstract chess pieces. Well, no. The centre section of the Eames Walnut Stool is crafted 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 and you can instantly tell that it’s solid wood.
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, Ray created the Walnut Stools, which became her favourite seats and were scattered all over the Pacific Palisades home that 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.”
Product ID: 1000050
This product is covered by a 5-year conditional warranty.
This is a Living On product. Its freight emissions have been offset.
Charles and Ray Eames are considered the most influential designers of the 20th century. The husband and wife team are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic art.