Do you dream of Eames? If so, be sure to check out our collection of vintage and used Eames chairs here at Chairish! From used Eames fiberglass molded chairs to epic Eames loungers — our selection runs the gamut and includes hundreds of pieces with an authentic retro spirit. Whether you’re on the hunt for a collector-grade item or an affordable, gently-loved Eames chair that will work with a client's or personal budget, you’re sure to find something that will fit the bill within our ever-expanding collection of Eames furniture. To make our collection easier to shop, use our 50+ filters to refine and locate exactly what you’re looking for. Use filters to quickly shop for Eames office chairs, Eames lounge chairs, Eames tables and more. Color filters can also help quickly identify Eames pieces in particular hues, including on-trend Mid-Century Modern colors like orange, red, yellow, and avocado. With Chairish, there’s no need to hop from vintage flea to vintage flea looking for the perfect Eames chairs. Simply log onto Chairish, where you can shop designs located in L..A. modernist shops and Austin vintage dens and NYC rummage shops without ever leaving home! When you finally do find the perfect piece, add it to your cart to bring it home today, or make an offer to see if you can strike a deal with the seller and score it for less than list!
WHERE DID CHARLES & RAY EAMES LIVE?
Following their marriage, the couple packed up and shipped out west to Los Angeles where they began experimenting with molding plywood. After opening a studio, their work caught the eye of George Nelson, the design director for Herman Miller. Equipped with the mantra “Design is an expression of the purpose,” vintage Eames furniture came into fruition in partnership with Herman Miller (Hence the reason you may sometimes see Eames Chairs also marketed as Herman Miller Eames chairs). Learn about our favorite vintage Eames furniture below!
GETTING TO KNOW ICONIC EAMES FURNITURE
DCM Eames Chair
One of earliest Eames designs, the DCM chair offers up the seemingly impossible: a plywood chair with upholstered chair-worthy comfort. After moving to L.A., Charles and Ray Eames began toying with homemade machine they enthusiastically deemed the “Kazam! Machine.” The machine pressed wood veneer against a heat source to sculpt the wood into toned, look-at-me curves. The DCM chair’s construction relied heavily on this technology to create an expertly contoured seat and backrest. The seat and backrest were in turn held together with a T-shaped metal rod, which attached to the chair’s four, antennae-like legs. While this vintage Eames piece makes an ideal pick if you’re looking for an Eames desk chair or Eames Dining Chair, its masterful design allows it to succeed as a stand-alone accent chair in a living room as well. If you prefer a more finished look, try a DCW chair, which swaps out the metal legs for sculpted wood ones.
Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Among the many endorsements that the Eames lounge chair and ottoman has received over the years, is one embedded in a Playboy Magazine article from 1961. In the watershed article, the magazine stated that the Eames Lounge Chair “sinks the sitter into voluptuous luxury that few mortals since Nero have known.” Clearly, when Charles and Ray Eames set out to create a leather lounge chair that made the world a comfier place, they succeeded. The Eames Lounge chair and ottoman has been graced by everyone from Steve Jobs to Jane Fonda. While most furniture Charles and Ray Eames designed for Herman Miller was mindful of production cost, the Eames spared no expense in came to their quest to create a truly heavenly seat. Crafted almost entirely by hand, the Eames Lounge Chair features foam-stuffed cushions, hand-sewn leather, and a sculpted back that is constructed by seven sheets of glued plywood (originals actually featured exotic Brazilian rosewood). But the true secret of the Eames Lounge Chair’s success? The lounge chair sits at a 15-degree angle, allowing maximum kick-back-and-relax comfort.
Eames La Chaise
A quirky anomaly in the vintage Eames furniture lineup is La Chaise, designed in 1948 for The Museum of Modern Art’s “International Competition for Low Cost Furniture Design.” Ironically, the design proved too costly to be produced during the Eames’ lifetime, but in 1996 it entered production due to consumer demand. Composed of two bonded fiberglass shells, this piece showcases a body-con form that harks back to the molded Eames shell chair, but pairs it with a languid, sculptural shape that the Eames reportedly borrowed from Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure sculpture. Indeed, when viewing this piece of vintage Eames furniture, it’s easy to liken its shape to a reclining female nude. It’s a sensual, playful piece, with a circle cut-out in the back that prevents it from feeling too heavy. We can visualize this one anywhere from a living room to an outdoor patio.
Molded Eames Shell Chair
While we’ll admit that it’s tempting to write off this classic Eames dining chair as ‘nuff said, our all-out dedication to this chair prevents us from summing it up so brazenly. Released in 1950, the molded Eames shell chair was designed to provide the public with a piece of durable, supremely functional furniture at a value price. When the design debuted at the International Competition for Low Cost Furniture Design, the chair was originally rendered in metal, but the Charles and Ray Eames switched it to plastic to further lower production costs. Other materials that have made an appearance over the years include fiberglass, upholstery, wood, and wire—and that doesn’t even include base options! When it comes to legs, the molded shell chair come with the option of metal, dowels, or the spectacular metal “Eiffel” base. If you’re looking for an Eames Rocking Chair, you can also find models with glides attached to the base. In fact, currently, the molded Eames shell chair has enough finish and base options to allow for 21 different iterations.
Questions & Answers
- Can I get free shipping on Eames items from Chairish?
- Yes! Select Eames items ship for free from Chairish.
- How many vintage Eames items does Chairish have in stock?
- We have 490+ vintage Eames items in stock.
- What types of Eames products do you have?
- We have a variety of Eames products in stock, including Furniture, Seating, and Accent Chairs.
- What are the shipping options for Eames items?
- Eames items can be shipped to you, and many can be picked up locally.
- Does Chairish have Eames items on sale?
- Yes! We have 130+ Eames items on sale.