The Lobby Chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960. Its three generously sized cushions ensure exceptional comfort reminiscent of the Eames Lounge. The backrest and the seat are connected together by two lateral pieces made of chromed aluminum, giving the Lobby chair a luxurious and modern look.
The Lobby chair is available in 3 versions: office chair (ES104), conference chair (ES108) and lounge chair (ES105).
Backrest & seat Side frames in chrome-plated die-cast aluminium. Cushion elements covered in leather.
Armrests Upholstered in leather.
Base Chrome-plated die-cast aluminium. 5-star base on wheels (ES104) or 4-star base on glides (ES105, ES108).
The Lobby chair ES105 is lower and wider than the Lobby chair ES108. It is designed to furnish lounge spaces and waiting areas. The armchair has a swivel 4-star base on glides. Its seat height and backward tilt are not adjustable.
Seat height 40 cm
The Lobby chair ES104 is a swivel office chair with a 5-star base on wheels. The backward tilt and seat height are adjustable.
Seat height adjustable from 41,5 to 47,5 cm
The Lobby chair ES108 is a swivel conference chair with a 4-star base on glides.
Seat height 36,5 cm
The standard Vitra leather is a robust cowhide leather with a homogeneous grain, dyed and pigmented with graining. Wear resistant and easy to maintain, it can also be used in office environments.
Premium leather is a relatively smooth cowhide leather with a flat grain and a slightly shiny surface. It is tinted and lightly pigmented. Semi-aniline leather is soft to the touch.
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and assumed a teaching position in the design department the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" organized by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook.
Ray Eames, born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940.
Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable. However, the war interrupted their work, and Charles and Ray turned instead to the design and development of leg splints made of plywood, which were manufactured in large quantities for the US Navy. In 1946, they exhibited their experimental furniture designs at MoMA. The Herman Miller Company in Zeeland, Michigan, subsequently began to produce Eames furniture. Charles and Ray participated in the 1948 'Low-Cost Furniture' competition at MoMA, and they built the Eames House in 1949 as their own private residence. In addition to their work in furniture design and architecture, they also regularly turned their hand to graphic design, photography, film and exhibition design.
In 1957 Vitra signed a licence agreement with Herman Miller and began producing the Eameses' designs for Europe and the Middle East. Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra. It was the encounter with their work that spurred the company's beginnings as a furniture manufacturer. Yet it is not just the products of Charles and Ray Eames that have left a mark on Vitra. Even today, their design philosophy continues to significantly shape the company's values, orientation and goals.