Released to the market in 1962, the Eames Tandem Sling Seating range was specifically designed for public spaces and commercial use. The design had the hallmarks of the 1958 released Aluminum Group, with black Naugahyde seating and support bars flanked by polished Alu frames, sides and leg sections.
The Eames Sling Seating concept was born out of a real design need presented to the Eames Office to create comfortable and durable airport seating for Dulles Airport in Dallas. As the project gathered pace that need was matched by O'Hare International in Chicago and the resulting solution was the product we know today, which was first used in those two airport projects. This was also the reason why the chairs also became known as the Eames Airport Seating chairs.
The sections were initially available from 2 'bays' through to 10 and they could also be construction back to back if required and with optional tables. One seat versions have also been made over the years for specific needs. The success of the Eames Sling Seating Group in meeting the needs of the design have been so good that they are still manufactured and sold for the same purpose to this day. You can find the Eames Sling Seating modules all over the world in airports and public spaces and may well have unwittingly used them without even knowing.
Just Like the Alu Group, the design has turned out to be as durable as the chairs themselves and continue to be used for their original purpose.
The Sling Seating range was devised to be entirely customizable to the industrial or commercial situation they were to be installed into. The row of chair seats could be a single line or a double line back to back. The heavy duty steel T-beam took all the weight and was cleverly hidden from view with the sides and frame made with polished Aluminum. This 1964 Herman Miller catalog excerpt is the best way to show all the available setup dimensions: