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

Armrest height
26cm
Backrest height
40.7cm
Base finish
Polished aluminium
Castors
02 castors hard braked for carpet
Fabric code
Fabric F60
Fabric material
Hopsak
Overall depth
56.5-65cm
Overall height
83-95cm
Overall width
58cm
Seat height
38.5-50.5cm
Seat width
52.5cm
Upholstery colour
Hopsak 71 yellow/pastel green
Year
1958

"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.

Mechanism

Adjustable backward tilt, lockable in the forward position

Armrests

Die-cast aluminium, polished or chrome-plated finish

Base

Five-star base in polished or chrome-plated die-cast aluminium. Equipped with hard castors for carpet or soft castors for hard floors. Castor covers in black for polished base, with chrome-plated finish for chrome base.

Backrest and seat

Chair with medium-high backrest. High-frequency welded horizontal ribbing in Hopsak, Leather or Premium Leather. Side profiles and spreaders in polished or chrome-plated die-cast aluminium."


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.