The Eames Time Life Walnut Stools are prone to being overlooked in favour of their better known companion the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, but unwisely so in our opinion. Whilst the Lounge Chair is clearly a much-loved (and deservedly so) design classic, the Walnut Stools offer a more affordable (relatively speaking) yet equally strong piece of classic Eames design.
The stools come in three distinctive looks and were designed in 1960 by Ray Eames for the modern lobby of the Time-Life Building (to complement the chairs designed by Charles Eames). The stools have been described at various times as abstract chess pieces, stools and/or tables. Either way you look at them, the stools add a distinctive (and surprisingly comfortable) design element to any room, working well beside the Lounge Chair or on their own. Each stool is 15 inches high with a top diameter of 13 inches and a bottom diameter of 11 inches (although they can stand either way).
TFW’s favourite of the three designs is A (with the concave trunk) but each design holds its own, which possibly explains why TFW currently covets design B to complete its collection.