The Aluminium Chairs EA 101, EA 103 and EA 104 by Charles and Ray Eames are ideal for using in combination with tables: in comparison to the other models in the Aluminium Group, they are somewhat lighter, narrower and higher.
Thanks to the wide selection of subdued or bright upholstery colours, it is easy to find the perfect chair for any dining room interior. The three models differ in the type of base – fixed or swivel – and whether they come with armrests.
Backrest and seat
Chair with medium-high backrest; table-oriented sitting position. Seat in mesh fabric or upholstered with high-frequency welded horizontal ribbing in Hopsak, Leather or Premium Leather. Side profiles and spreaders in polished or chrome-plated die-cast aluminium.
Die-cast aluminium, polished or chrome-plated finish.
Four-star base in polished or chrome-plated die-cast aluminium.
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.