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Eames Tandem Seating ETS

Charles & Ray Eames, 1962

© Eames Office, LLC

Tandem Seating was designed by Charles and Ray Eames at the request of a friend, the architect Eero Saarinen, who was in search of suitable seating for the waiting areas in his new Dulles Airport terminal in Washington, D.C. The architects of two new terminals at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, C.F. Murphy Associates, were likewise looking for durable public seating that would be easy to maintain and repair.

Tandem Seating is a robust, time-proven system that provides a comfortable place to relax while waiting in airports, train stations or other public spaces. It was constructed to withstand extremely heavy use. The durable seat and back panels can be individually replaced on site. Great comfort is guaranteed by the large seat surface and the sandwich construction of the upholstery. The simple modular system makes it possible to combine any number of units.

Base (1)
Vinyl ETS (1)
Material description
  • Backrest and seat: seat and back panels covered in vinyl or leather, padded sections with welded seams. Frame and armrest supports: chrome-plated die-cast aluminium.
  • Armrests: frame supports in chrome-plated die-cast aluminium, armrest pads made of integral polyurethane foam.
  • Base: substructure with T-beam in basic dark. T-legs in chrome-plated die-cast aluminium. Single row combinations fitted with T-legs; double rows fitted with double legs on glides. Equipped with plastic glides for carpet or non-slip felt glides for hard floors.
This product was designed by
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.
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