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A set of original Eames and Herman Miller ribbed aluminium meeting chairs on 5-star glide base and finished in brown vinyl make for some great conference chairs. It is a little strange to think that this style of chair began, at its conception, as both an indoor and outdoor chair. Ray and Charles were approached by Eero Saarinen to design the aluminium group to be used both indoors and outdoors and the first editions were finished in mesh to allow this durability but the Eames’s quickly changed this to, the more popular leather, and to this soft fabric finish.
This ‘Meeting’ side chair does without arms but still has the swivel capability, making it the perfect chair for any conference room or office space. The classic design is finished in a rather beautiful chocolatey brown vinyl which gives it a rather modern and unique look. The 5-star base is a later addition which has been altered to make the chair more stable whilst adding a spider-like look to it.
These slightly later versions are notable due to their being made from brown vinyl and being on a 5-star contract base. The vinyl is in good condition with only natural marks around the edges, which is consistent with age.
For its age, these are in very good condition. Some gentle cleaning of the aluminum will help bring them back to their former glory, but the metal is still sturdy and the chairs still have their original feet.
The label on the underside indicates these chairs are from 2008 as it is a 50th anniversary edition.