Welcome to this week's blog post. We hope you enjoyed our previous post about the 'differences in blues' where we compared and contrasted the various shades.
Our online Wiki is a tool that aids you with the information you need when buying or selling an Eames piece. There are a number of articles and product specification sections that take you through the history and the making process of a product such as the Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Fiberglass Chair or even the materials used when creating an Eames Dining Table.
Did you know that there is a section called ‘Workplace Seating’ on the Eames Wiki, which has some amazing facts about the variety of Eames office and workplace seating that has been created over time?
This segment showcases the variety of designs of Charles and Ray Eames which has had an impact on the ‘Workplace’. Some of these popular designs were not initially created for the workplace, however over time they were developed into being used in an office setting.
Some of the stand out pieces like the ‘Lobby’ Chair and the Alu Group high and Low Back chairs have been categorized as a few of the best designs to come from Charles and Ray Eames and so we felt that it was important to let you know about the Wiki page that has been created to pay homage, as well as to help you with your buying and selling on the Eames.com Marketplace.
The Low Back was first introduced in 1958 which is when the Aluminum Group was initially released.
A few years later in 1966, the High Back Chair made its first appearance and was added to the collection.
Even though they look identical to one another, in the construction of both pieces, there were slight differences. Low Back stands at 83.82cm (33") whereas the High Back is between 100.33cm - 105.42cm (38.5" - 41.5").
(Image courtesy of D Rose Modern)
They were both made from Hopsack, Naugahyde, Leather, and Mesh which makes them as aesthetically pleasing to look at, especially in an office surrounding. Both the Alu Group High Back and Low Back Chairs have been in production from when they were first released, to this very day.
(Image courtesy of D Rose Modern)
The Eames EC430 and EC431 Side chairs were popular in the 1970s which is when Herman Miller started focusing more on the workplace market.
The fiberglass plastic chairs were often mistaken for the later edition of PSC or PSCC even though they were both available at the same time.
Although there are a lot of similarities between the swivel-based EC430 and EC431, the main difference between the two was that the EC431 had height adjustment.
Nonetheless, they were both designed to be desk chairs, and they came in three color options which were Dark Tone (Black), Parchment (White) and Neutral Light (Off White).
This piece was an adaptation of the original Lobby Chair design; however, this model was released in 1961.
The Lobby Chair was created to use conveniently as a professional desk or work chair but went through some developments over the years and is still in production today.
The second generation was created around the mid-1980s, and unlike the four-leg cross pattern, it changed to the five-star leg pattern.
Left (Image courtesy of D Rose Modern)
The Time Life chairs are often known as the 'Lobby Chairs' and the 'Eames Executive Chair.' In our opinion, the Time Life Chair is a timeless piece which can adapt to any work or office space.
You might be looking at this chair and be questioning how it would fit into an office theme. However, we think that this particular piece was ahead of its time and would complement any modern office, even today.
The PKC abbreviated, stands for Pivot K-Wire Side chair, but the diifferent models had numbered extensions such as PKC-1 and PKC-2.
The upholstery was designed for Herman Miller by the late great Alexander Girard, and the piece was available in either the full cover or the 'bikini' cover.
Our Wiki section under 'Workplace seating' looks deeper into the history of this item and provides some great pictures under the description.
Now you know a little more about the various 'Workplace Seating' that were created over time!
Our Wiki tool provides a more in-depth analysis of each piece, and there are a lot more products to take a look at. We just picked the five different items which we felt would be great to share some information about.
Next week we will be following on from this blog post and looking into the Alu Group Article under the ‘Article’ section of the Wiki.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s post,
Until next time, have fun browsing!