An adaptation of the specially commissioned 'Lobby Chairs' for the Time Life building in New York, the 1960 release of the Lounge Chair version brought this wonderful design to homes, offices, conference rooms and lobbies all over the US and beyond.
The design has had numerous names over the years including the Time Life Lounge Chair (from the building it was commissioned to go in), the Lobby Chair (the intended space of the original commission) and even the Eames Executive Chair Group. Any one of these terms can still represent the design today so it is worth remembering them all. Generally speaking however, the Eames Time Life Lobby Chair tends to tick the most boxes in terms of name.
The conceptual commissioned pieces installed into the Lobby of the Time Life building were grandiose, wide framed and set into a laid back position. The design had after all, attempted to re-create the comfort of the Eames Lounge Chair, but without the size. The marketed versions of the Eames Time Life Lobby Chair were tweaked ever so slightly and initially released in two Lounge variations. Model 675 closely resembled the conceptual Lobby Chairs and were wide, laid back lounge chairs with a swivel movement. Model 3475 however had adjustability of height and angle and was slightly thinner. Herman Miller also released an upright desk chair version a year later in 1961.
The success of the Alu Group can also be seen in the design with the beautiful upholstery against polished Alu frame and sides. What a lot of people don't know however is that the chair actually has a plywood skeleton unseen to the eye. The Lounge versions of the chair were eventually discontinued, we believe into the 1990's.
The model numbers for the Eames Time Life Lobby Chair may not be anywhere near as complicated as those of the Alu Group or Soft Pad Lounge Chairs, as they did not change quite as often, but they did go through one or two developments. Model 675 was the first to be released in 1960 with the adjustable version following a year later. Both were re-numbered later into the 1960's.
|30.5" - 32.5"
|77.47 - 82.55 cm
|16" - 18"
|40.64 - 45.72 cm
|Plywood Skeleton, Polished Alu Sides
|Leather or Hopsack Fabric
|4 Star Polished Alu Universal Base