Eames Executive Chair


Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

$4,245.00 - $5,095.00


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Eames Executive Chair

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With pleasing proportions and exquisite materials, the Eames Executive Chair wears its name proudly. Yet, this 1959 design is known by an alias: the Time-Life Chair. Charles and Ray designed it for the lobbies of the Time-Life Building at Rockefeller Center.
Eames Executive Chair


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Packaging Dimensions:
27" x 26" x 39"
Package Weight:
55 lbs.
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Care and 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.


Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric 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.

Vinyl Upholstery

For normal cleaning, wash vinyl upholstery with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush lathered with mild, nonabrasive soap and lukewarm water. Before the surface dries, wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residue. This procedure may be repeated to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

Ink spots can sometimes be removed by washing with soap and water followed by isopropyl alcohol.

Do not use any cleaning method that is not listed above, as other methods may attack the vinyl and cause eventual degradation.


For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.

User Adjustments
Height 38.5"
Seat Height 20"
Width 26.5"
Depth 19.5"



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I love it , Over priced no special Features. Just a regular chair TBH.
February 26, 2020
Save your cash.
I was highly disappointed in this chair. The comfort was no better than a chair 1/30th of the price! I returned it post haste. Save your money, incredibly overrated.
February 11, 2020
One of the best desk chairs ever made
This chair will break in slowly, last forever and never look dated.
May 21, 2018
Beautiful but back pain inducing chair
I bought this chair at DWR. The chair is beautiful and of truly excellent built quality. Sadly, the back is shaped the reverse of how it should be. There is zero lumbar support and the top of the back pushes you forward, forcing you into a slouch. I tried the chair for a few days, but after developing a terrible cramp in my back, I decided to return it. It's the first Eames designed chair that I have found uncomfortable. If you look at a photo of the chair taken from the side, you'll see what i mean. The curvature is the reverse of how it should be.
May 21, 2017
Great chair! It's just overpriced. They even use fabric between the leather layers to save money. 100% of the cushions should be leather for this price.
March 27, 2017
Great product; great service; great company.
Working with Herman Miller was a true pleasure. A special thanks to Jonathan for his constant assistance and courtesy during my selection process. He gets the credit for this purchase from Herman Miller.
December 21, 2016
excellent quality. Love that its made in Michigan.
Recommend it! Very comfortable for home office. Excellent quality. And made in the USA!
May 12, 2016
Timeless-Lifetime Chair
Better name would be timeless-lifetime chair. Super comfy, high quality, luxurious, and definitely makes a statement with its iconic design. Thinking of getting another one in another color. Leather is ultra-high quality. Feels great for long periods of sitting due to the unusually wide seat. Highly recommend
May 12, 2016
Very nice chair
Only complaint is the seams are not finished. The leather is not folded over to make a smooth seam, they are left rough. Everything else about the chair is lovely.
April 18, 2016
I now have four (4) of these chairs....my wife's office, my office,
my home in the mountains, and my Boulder Co office
The oldest one dates from the 1970's
I think they are very comfortable
March 31, 2015

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Can you raise the seat higher than 20 off the ground?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2016
Best Answer: The max height is 18.5" (glides) and 20" (casters).

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Seat depth

While gorgeous and surely comfortable for most, I'm curious, as a shorter gentleman, if the seat is too deep for me to sit in a proper, comfortable position. For context, I'm at my desk 12 hours a day, so I'm very concerned about having my back against the chair, feet on the floor, and enough room between the front of the seat and the back of my knees. Thank you.
A shopper on Mar 29, 2017
Best Answer: The Eames Executive Chair has a seat depth of 19.5 inches. We typically recommend approximately two inches between the seat and the back of the users knee.

With glides the chairs height range is 16-18.5 inches and with casters the height range is 17.5-20 inches.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Does this Eames Executive Chair Comes with Tilt Locking Function?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2017
Best Answer: The Eames Executive Chair only has the tilt lock function on chairs with a Pneumatic lift.

Please let us know if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
what is the recommended weight limit?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2016
Best Answer: Chair is tested and warranted for use by persons 300 pounds and under.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
what is the width of the seat between the arms?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2016
Best Answer: The width of the seat between the arms is 22.5"-inches.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
why does the back bow out instead of in? It seems the opposite of back support
design on Oct 29, 2019
Best Answer: This was the Inherent design behind the Eames Executive chair or "Time Life Chair" and has not changed since the early 50's before the ergonomics were introduced to our task seating. Should you be looking more for a modern performance work chair, please give us a call to discuss some options. We can be reached at 888.798.0202
what is the seat cushion made of (ie Memory Foam?)

& what is the thickness of the seat cushion
A shopper on Aug 17, 2016
Best Answer: The seat foam is a polyurethane foam core and a softer polyurethane topper foam. The seat has a 41/2"-thick foam cushion.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 88-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
may i know the shipping weight of this Eames Executive Chair? May i have the dimansion of the shipping box?
A shopper on May 5, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Executive chair has packaging dimensions of 27" x 26" x 39". It weighs approximately 55 pounds.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller online store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Height of seat

When you say the seat can go up to 20" high, are you measuring from the ground to the highest point on the top of the seat cushion, or somewhere else?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2011
Best Answer: The Eames Executive Chair with casters has a maximum height of 20 inches from the ground to the highest point at the top of the seat cushion. If you have the Eames Executive Chair with glides, the maximum seat height is 18.5 inches from the ground to the top of the seat at the highest point.

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What is the seat height of the Eames Executive Chair -if on casters?

As a handicapped and very small adult, it is imperative for me to see all the measurements, especially seat min./max., and best to receive the information directly from you -not third parties.

Also, do you have more detailed descriptions of the chair fabric options -elsewhere here on your site or perhaps in a catalog?

As displayed now, subtle yet important factors remain elusive between your options: one fabric may be considered quite comfortable and hardy for the demands of a long-hours, large-staffed office while another fabric may be widely agreed as the softest against the skin and while also long-lasting, perhaps better suited to the demands of one person's daily usage.

Thank you for the ease of a Product Q & A option here -and of course for the incredible products you offer.
A shopper on Sep 11, 2011
Best Answer: The Eames Executive Chair has a minimum seat height of 17" and a maximum seat height of 20" if on casters.

We have additional details for our fabric options in our materials section of HermanMiller.com: https://www.hermanmiller.com/CMF/CDA/index.html#pid=45. If you select the swatches on the page and double click, you will be able to view details about the fabric content, abrasion, weight, etc. If there are certain materials offered on the Eames Executive Chair product page on the Herman Miller store that you are interested in, you can also use the search bar at the top of the HermanMiller.com website (https://www.hermanmiller.com/CMF/CDA/index.html#pid=45) to look up specifics on that particular fabric.

All of our material options are tested to be durable and long-lasting over time with proper care and maintenance. We would recommend choosing the material that fits best with the environment the chair will be in. If you would like to receive swatches of any of the material options, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 1-888-798-0202.

Feel free to also stop by an authorized Herman Miller retailer in your area to view the material options in person. To find a retailer, please visit: