Part of a small set of furniture designed for children, the Eames plywood Nested Stool could be used either as a singular seating option or as a matching stool and ottoman to the plywood chair and table of the group. The Eames plywood furniture for children was limited to a small run of 5000 pieces across the range and was released to the market in 1945.
The children's plywood furniture range actually marked the first commercial venture for Charles Eames and the Evans plywood company but the experiment was modest and the Evans company lacked knowledge and ability in marketing the furniture industry as a whole. Whilst the production was not extended, the experiment had given Charles Eames enough experience and confidence in the plywood products to take into the adult products released a year later.
The Eames plywood Nested Stools were released in Natural Birch as well as aniline dyed red, yellow, black, magenta and blue. The aniline dyes used have proven to fade considerably over time and these colored variants can often look pale and washed out today. Most of the stools found in the secondary market tend to be natural or red. All stools can be considered extremely rare and highly desirable for collectors.
The European licensee Vitra have made a recent reproduction of the series but Herman Miller never attempted to recreate the children's series as yet. The stools are found less that the chairs but have even higher value if they are found alongside the chair as a matching set.
|Seat Height||8.5"||21.59 cm|
|Body||5 layer Birch plywood, some with aniline dye|
The stool was one piece and the curve of the legs can be seen with the clear signs of ageing you would expect of a chair this old