Herman Miller

Multi-Color 1970s Herman Miller Eames EA178 - Loose Cushion Arm Chairs in very good condition

Very good condition


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The Eames EA178 Loose Cushion Armchair produced by Herman Miller is a perfect desk or lounge chair, especially this vintage, black shell version. Whilst bearing resemblance to the Eames Arm Shell chair, this piece used a different method of production to construct it. Its polyester shell and upholstered finished were combined using urethane foam filling which gives the chair the cushioned feel. This striking example of black and cream is sat upon an original castor base which gives the chair a unique look which will be a bold statement in any room it is placed.

The Eames’s began the ‘shell chair’ design back in the 1940s and, with the help of Herman Miller, the arm shell was produced in 1950 with the side shell soon following in 1952/1953. This particular piece was a later adaptation designed with the idea of creating a more comfortable desk chair than could be found at the time. The arm shell already brought comfort, the addition of the cushioned fabric with the extended back added to this to create a versatile desk chair which could easily double-up as a lounge chair.

Individual Characteristics

The integrity of the chair is complete, shell is in good vintage condition and the original naugahyde finish has no cuts or tears in it. The original cushion is also in good condition.

There is some natural wear around the edge but this is consistent with age.

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