Charles and Ray Eames were commissioned to design the interiors of three lobbies in the Time & Life Building at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. In addition to designing these spaces, this major project also encompassed the development of the comfortable Lobby Chairs and a group of stools made out of solid walnut. The lathe-turned stools, which were also conceived by Ray to be used as small occasional tables, have distinctive individual profiles. The sculptural and decorative character of the stools makes the most striking impression when they are grouped together.
These pieces were inspired by an African stool that stood in the living room of the Eames House as shown in a photographic series by Monique Jacot from 1959.
The original of the Eames Stool, Model A was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960 and has been produced as a one to one model by Herman Miller, Zeeland/Michigan/USA since 1960. This miniature by Vitra (scale 1:6) is made of walnut.