Take A Seat

A look back at furniture design from the middle of the 20th century with impeccably crafted chairs available at Design Within Reach.

Eames Upholstered Task Chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in 1953. Charles and Ray Eames believed that “design is a method of action,” and they continually updated their work to suit changing needs and solve problems. The Eames Task Chair is made in the U.S.A.

The 1006 Navy Side Chair was designed by Emeco for the U.S Navy in 1944. The company’s proprietary metal processing method yields aluminum three times stronger than steel. The chair is so durable that it has an estimated lifespan of 150 years. The 1006 Navy Side Chair is made in the U.S.A.

Saarinen Executive Armchair with Metal Legs was designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in 1950. This charis molded shell flexes slightly with the sitter, and the contoured plywood seat is supported by metal or wood legs. The Saarinen Executive Armchair is made in the U.S.A.

Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair was designed by George Nakashima for Knoll in 1946. Nakashima believed his designs should be treated as everyday functional objects, not precious possessions. This idea is apparent in this chairs design. The Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair in made in the U.S.A.

Paulistano Armchair in Leather was designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and produced by Objekto in 1957. The chair is wrapped in almost an entire hide of leather that gains depth and luster as it ages. The Paulistano Armchair is made in France.

Milo Baughman 1188 Dining Chair was designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin in 1968. The chair’s bronze finish is created by hand and is not uniform and the natural leather is prized for its unique markings. This is intentional, and the marks are left to add character to each piece. The Milo Baughman 1188 Dining Chair is made in the U.S.A.

All chairs available at Design Within Reach.