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Herman Miller Reveals New Colourways of Archival Eames Designs

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Inspired by recently found sketches by Ray Eames and an original product list from the 1946 Eames MoMA exhibition

By Designlines

Herman Miller has released two new vibrant colourways of the Eames Hang-It-All and the Eames Molded Plywood Chair Wood Base in a refreshing dose of modern design. Both colour updates are inspired by the timelessness and dynamic nature of the Eames collection.

Eames Hang-It-All

The Eames Hang-It-All, one of the most well-known products from the Herman Miller catalog, has been updated for a new re-release in a blue and red combination based on the original sketches by Ray Eames.

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The original design was released in 1953 as a kids furniture piece and has since been re-released in a number of colour palettes ranging from neutral walnut and maple options to a rainbow LGBTQ Pride arrangement, and most recently, a fresh palette in collaboration with HAY. Ray’s influence on colour direction came from her early career as a painter, and is often mentioned in her lasting influences on 20th century design.

This most recent version of the Hang-It-All is a powder-coated steel rod frame in stonewash blue with painted solid maple balls in red hue and includes eight large and six small hooks. The rack’s design is matched in its playfulness and functionality.

The new Stonewash Blue Red colourway is available from $420 at Design Within Reach

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair Wood Base

The Molded Plywood Lounge Chair Wood Base (LCW) was among the first of many collaborations between Herman Miller designers and Charles and Ray Eames.

The LCW was originally released in 1946 as part of Charles and Ray Eames’ molded plywood exhibit at the MoMA, where it appeared in a vibrant yellow colourway in addition to the natural wood options.

Nearly 80 years later, Herman Miller added the now update ochre hue to the collection. The Ash wood chair is coated in a nearly opaque yellow stain. The molded five-ply seat and back create an inviting seat, while eight-ply legs add an eclectic edge to the piece. The LCW in its refreshed ochre release is available from $1,695 at Design Within Reach.


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