Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair - Wood Base
by Herman Miller

$1,009.00 + Free Shipping

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair - Wood Base

by Herman Miller
SKU# 164
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
$1,009.00 + Free Shipping
The Eames' experiments with molding plywood into organic forms yielded this design icon. When Time named this chair the Best Design of the 20th Century, the editors described it as “something elegant, light, and comfortable. Much copied, but never bettered.”
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Product Overview

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair - Wood Base

Named “The Greatest Design of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, there has been no debate that the Herman Miller Eames Molded Plywood Chair with wood base is one of the most groundbreaking furniture designs in modern history. Its sleek and innovative look was completely different from the large and bulky furniture that had dominated the era; thus the Eames Molded Plywood Chair became instantly popular and iconic. In production since 1946, this design's longevity speaks to the innovative work of Charles and Ray Eames; designs that highly influenced the mid-century modern movement. Some features that the Eames Molded Plywood suite of chairs includes:

  • A molded plywood seat and back.
  • Rubber shock mounts.
  • Optional steel legs.

Whether you prefer the laid-back Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, or the upright Eames Dining Chair fits your needs better, you'll get a piece of furniture that's both warmly inviting and historically revered.


An Official Herman Miller Retailer

Office Designs is proud to be an authorized Herman Miller retailer. Our products, including the Eames Molded Plywood suite, come directly from the Herman Miller factory, which means they live up to the brand's high quality.


Warranty Information

Herman Miller's warranty is a promise that the furniture you receive will live up to the brand's high standards in design and manufacturing. Your Eames Molded Plywood Chair should meet your needs perfectly, but if it doesn't, the warranty ensures Herman Miller will replace or repair it at no cost to you.

For more information, read Herman Miller's Warranty (PDF).


About the Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Herman Miller's partnerships with some of the most iconic designers of all time, including the Eamses, has led to it becoming one of the most highly regarded furniture brands ever. Herman Miller had a hand in pioneering movements for eco-friendly and ergonomic furniture, and it's known for working with designers to create groundbreaking and innovative pieces of furniture. Many of the brand's furniture pieces, including the Eames Molded Plywood Chair, are permanently displayed in museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Herman Miller continues its work today with partnerships with some of the best designers worldwide, including Jerome Caruso, the Studio 7.5 Design Team in Berlin and Jeff Weber.


Dimensions & Specifications

Eames Molded Plywood Chair General Dimensions

Lounge Chairs

  • Overall Height: 26.5"
  • Overall Width: 22"
  • Seat Depth: 24.25"


Product Options

    Eames Molded Plywood Chair Features

    Charles and Ray Eames developed these influential chairs using what they called a "Kazam! machine" that pressed and molded sheets of wood into sleek and curving shapes. The chairs were made with both elevated style and modern comfort in mind.

    Molded Plywood Seat and Back

    The Kazam! machine, molded thin pieces of plywood into a contoured seat and back - this is, of course, where the chair gets its name. The lounge chair's frame is lower and slightly more reclined, whereas the dining chair's upright shape makes it perfect for placing at your table.

    Rubber Shock Mounts

    The two pieces of molded plywood are connected by a curving wooden spine and rubber shock mounts. These were highly innovative at the time, and they ensure the seat back is flexible and giving, moving with the sitter as he or she leans back or changes positions.

    Two Base Options

    Eames Molded Plywood chairs have two base options: wooden legs or chrome-plated steel legs. Both versions are stylish and authentic.

    Customizable Color and Wood Variations

    There are several different colors and wood variations to choose from - pick one that complements the decor in your home or office.


Design Story

    About Charles and Ray Eames

    Known for their contributions to modern design in furniture and architecture, Charles and Ray Eames are some of the most renowned and respected American designers of the 20th century. A husband-and-wife team, the Eameses were asked to create molded plywood splints and stretchers during World War II. They began their relationship with Herman Miller shortly after.


Care & Maintenance

    Care & Maintenance

    With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

    The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

    Wood & Veneer
    This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

    Normal Cleaning
    Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

    Once a month
    Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

    Twice a year
    Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

    Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

    Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
    Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

    Other Damage
    Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

    Seating Fabrics
    For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric as needed, using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

    Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

    Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.