Charles and Ray designed the Eames Walnut Stools for the Time Inc. lobby, the same space that the Eames Lobby Chairs were first used.
The space required a durable and versatile stool that could be used as a seating perch or as a side table to rest a cup of coffee or tea. These stools may seem sculptural, but Ray Eames said the biggest challenge was making the concave surface deep enough to serve as a comfortable seat, but not so deep that it couldn’t support a hot beverage.
The stools come in three different versions. The middle sections differ between each models, but the tops and bottoms are the same and can be used on either end. The design is still made today by Herman Miller and Vitra, the only two authorized manufacturers of Eames products.