Design Classic: Eames Executive Chair

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"In 1972, chess grand master Bobby Fischer specifically requested the Eames executive chair while he competed in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. He said he could concentrate well in the chair. When opponent Boris Spaasky saw it, he refused to play until he got one, too." ...

...according to the "Design Story" on the Eames Executive chair from the Herman Miller site.

Designed in 1960 for the Time-Life building, these beauties have been eclipsed in the realm of instant recognition by the ultra well known Lounge and Ottoman (what chair hasn't been?) but have a distinctive cachet all their own.

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Findable in their vintage (4-legged) state and purchasable new in the updated (5 legged) redesign, they are, like most Eames pieces, a luxury more than a rarity.

Anyone lucky enough to have one of these for your own personal chess tournaments?

Via: The Mid Century Modernist and Barry Blog

Photos via: The Mid Century Modernist

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.