Dimensions

Width 56 cm
Depth 52 - 65 cm
Height 83 - 94.5 cm
Height of backrest section 41 cm
Seat depth 44 cm
Seat width 50 cm

Materials

Base finish 03 Aluminium Polished
Base material Five-star base in die-cast aluminium, with a polished finish.
Castors finish Black
Upholstery Hopsak 83 blue/ivory

Specification

Castors 02 castors hard - braked for carpet
Maximum base radius 40 cm
Seat mechanism Adjustable backward tilt, lockable in the forward position. Continuous seat height adjustment with gas spring.
Year 1958

The models EA 117, EA 118 and EA 119 are the task chairs in the Aluminium Group by Charles and Ray Eames.

The tilt mechanism in the seat can be adjusted to the weight of the user, providing for optimum comfort. Covers are available in a wide variety of colours, making it easy to find the perfect chair for every home office. The Aluminium Chair EA 119 is distinguishable from EA 117 and EA 118 by its higher backrest. EA 118 has a somewhat narrower seat, and the sitting position of this model is more specifically suited for table-oriented activities.


Charles & Ray Eames

From 1941 to 1943, Charles and Ray Eames designed and developed stretchers and leg splints made of moulded plywood, and in 1946 they exhibited their experimental moulded plywood furniture at the New York Museum of Modern Art. The Herman Miller Company in Zeeland, Michigan, subsequently began to produce the Eameses' furniture designs. 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. Around 1955 they began to focus more on their extensive work as photographers and filmmakers, and in 1964 Charles received an honorary doctoral degree from the Pratt Institute in New York.

The Eames Office designed the IBM Pavilion for the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York, and the year 1969 offered the opportunity to participate in the exhibition 'Qu'est-ce que le design?' at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 1970-71, Charles was appointed as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. MoMA again presented an exhibition of the Eameses' work, entitled 'Furniture by Charles Eames', in 1973. Charles Eames died in St. Louis in 1978; Ray's death followed in 1988.

Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra. The company's activity as a furniture manufacturer began in 1957 with the production of their designs. Yet it is not just the products of Charles and Ray Eames that have left their mark on Vitra. Even today, their design philosophy continues to profoundly shape the company's values, orientation and goals.


Swiss manufacturer Vitra’s collections of furniture and lighting bring together the colour, culture and sophistication of the world’s most prominent designers.