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Eames Executive Chair

 Charles and Ray Eames
AKA the Time-Life chair—because it was created in 1959 for the ultramodern lobbies of the Time-Life Building in New York. Also appropriate because, when you sit in it, you’ll have the time of your life.

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Eames Executive Chair

"The details...make the product."

This luxurious chair is an example of Charles Eames's belief that "the details are not details; they make the product."

Generously sized, the executive chair features the highest quality materials: an aluminum base and frame, finely detailed upholstery accented with upholstery-covered buttons, and edge details typical of traditional fine furniture. Now available in new finish and material options.

Charles and Ray Eames

"The details are not details; they make the product."

Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
  • Expanded Options

    Expanded Options

    The chair is available in leather and a wide range of fabrics. If you choose leather, you can opt for our standard or our new premium leather, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time.

    The new premium leather is available in black or pearl, and to complement lighter materials, we are offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with the traditional polished aluminum.

  • Fits Like a Glove

    Fits Like a Glove

    You'll understand the minute you settle into it: Comfort comes first. The seat and back cushions are contoured. The seat cushions are 4 ½-inch-thick foam; the back cushions are 3 inches thick. Armrests are well padded.

    The executive chair is unusually wide—26 ½ inches—which provides a lavish and luxurious seating experience. Adjustable seat height, tilt-swivel mechanism, and a stable five-star base add to the comfort. Available with casters or glides.

A favor returned

A favor returned.

Charles Eames Keeps His Word

"Glimpses of the USA"

In 1959, George Nelson was asked by the U.S. government to design the American pavilion at the National Exhibition in Moscow, the first cultural exchange program between the U.S.and U.S.S.R. since the Russian Revolution. The pavilion would showcase American manufactured products. Nelson asked the Eameses to produce a film, to be shown in the pavilion, that would depict a day in the life of the U.S.

Charles Eames called his friend Henry Luce, the chair of Time-Life, to ask that he be allowed to use images from Time-Life's vast archive. Luce agreed, but told Eames he would have to return the favor one day. The Eames film was called "Glimpses of the USA," the first multiscreen slide show and a huge success.

A Favor Returned

A year after the Moscow exhibition, Luce called to ask the Eames design team to design a chair for his new building. The Eameses responded with the Time-Life chair, which we have been producing since 1960.

Making Headlines

Archival photos courtesy of Eames Office LLC

Glimpses of the USA

Making Headlines

In 1972, the executive chair made the news when notoriously fussy chess genius Bobby Fischer included this chair among his many demands for his legendary 1972 world championship match with Russian master Boris Spassky. When Spassky got a look at the chair, he demanded one for himself, and a second chair had to be shipped pronto to Iceland, where the match was being held.

General Dimensions

  • H:940” max (glides); 975” max (casters)
  • H:470" (glides); 20" (casters)
  • W:670"
  • D:495"

Eames Executive Chair

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Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

Vinyl Upholstery

For normal cleaning, wash vinyl upholstery with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush lathered with mild, nonabrasive soap and lukewarm water. Before the surface dries, wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residue. This procedure may be repeated to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

Ink spots can sometimes be removed by washing with soap and water followed by isopropyl alcohol.

Do not use any cleaning method that is not listed above, as other methods may attack the vinyl and cause eventual degradation.


For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.