When George Nelson asked Charles Eames to help in the design of the US pavilion at the Moscow world exhibition in 1959, they had to work fast. Eames called his friend Henry Luce, the chairman of Time-Life, to request access to Time-Life’s vast archive of images. Luce’s only condition was that Eames return the favour one day.
A year after the exhibition in Moscow, which was a great success and featured Eames’ multi-screen slide show for the first time, Luce called to ask Eames for a chair for the executive floors in his new building. Together with his wife, Eames responded with the Time-Life chair and walnut stools. We still produce them, and with our new MCL Leather, we are returning the soft hand that characterised the original.