Kevin Roche Specifies Eames Chairs Posted January 23, 2012 by Daniel Ostroff

We spot Eames chairs, a 1961 design which looks great in 2012, as The NY Times heralds “Kevin Roche Returns to Ford Foundation Building for its 45th Anniversary”

These chairs have been in continuous use at this site since 1967.

After our Eames Spotting,  you can read some excerpts from a David W. Dunlap article in the January 20, 2012  NY Times.

The Eames chair design specified for the Ford Foundation Building by Roche/Dinkeloo is Cataloged here.

From the NY Times, these two photographs of Ford Foundation chairs in service, below.  Of the first photo, the NY Times caption reads:

“From another era: the leather-and-chrome chairs in the auditorium still have little ashtrays tucked discreetly under the armrests. They were designed by Charles and Ray Eames.”
The chairs used in this building are available from Herman Miller here.

“An Architect Returns to His First Triumph”

At 89, the architect Kevin Roche finds himself back in the spotlight with the opening this week of the renovated American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.“More space wouldn’t mean much if it weren’t well used, but it is,” Holland Cotter wrote in his New York Times review of the revitalized galleries. “The architects, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, have devised a wraparound format with a few long-vista galleries cutting through a maze of smaller ones.” As a result, he said, “There are no wrong turns here.”With projects like this, it’s little wonder that Mr. Roche has rarely had time to visit the building that first put him in the spotlight 45 years ago, the Ford Foundation Buildingon East 42nd Street. But this is the year to take another look at the building, among the most renowned and recognizable of the city’s modern landmarks, with C-shaped office floors embracing a lushly landscaped public garden.The building has drawn appreciative new attention in a show of Mr. Roche’s work at the Museum of the City of New York, which runs through Feb. 5.  And the foundation, recognizing the public’s interest in its headquarters, plans to install stations around the garden this year on which visitors can take a video tour and examine historical images.Mr. Roche has been back to the building only three or four times since its completion in 1967. (Mr. Dinkeloo died in 1981.)”