Eames Intermediate Chair
Unlike many of Charles and Ray’s designs, the Eames Intermediate Chair is not part of a furniture group. Aside from upholstery options, the only configurations for the design were with or without arms and a stationary or tilt-swivel seat. The unique cast aluminum frame was only suitable for a desk chair. The horizontal bar of the chair’s arms is fitted through holes in the vertical parts of the structure. The “antler” shaped stretcher under the seat fits through holes in the horizontal portions of the frame.
Charles and Ray called this design “intermediate” because it was intermediate in price and weight compared to other Eames chairs. It weighed more, had more padding, and was more expensive than the Eames Aluminum Desk Chair. It cost less than the Eames Executive Chair because it was not as heavy and didn’t have that design’s multiple hand-tufted pads.
In 1973, the Eames Office and Herman Miller decided to discontinue production of the Eames Intermediate Chair. It was made redundant by the success of the Eames Soft Pad Group of 1969. The versatile Eames Soft Pad Group included two versions of an upholstered desk chair, one with a low back, one with a high back, and a lounge chair and ottoman, all built with similar structural and upholstery details. The Eames Soft Pad Group that came to replace the Eames Intermediate Chair is available today by our partners Vitra and Herman Miller.