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Eames Bikini Wire Chair
The Eames Bikini Wire Chair was first introduced in 1951 and has remained a design icon ever since. The uniquely upholstered seat and back lets the wire frame show through while still providing enhanced comfort. Manufactured by Herman Miller the Eames Bikini wire Chair combines the brilliance of Charles and Ray Eames with… Read More
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Overview

Eames Bikini Wire Chair by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames


Eames Bikini Wire Chair At A Glance:
First introduced in 1951, the Eames Wire Chair was an immediate hit. Distinctively, unmistakably Eames, this chrome metal chair has stood the test of time and is as popular today as it was half a century ago. This uniquely upholstered version features a seat and back pad that reveals the beautifully crafted wire frame - a style that is affectionately known as the "bikini chair."

What's To Like:
For style, the Bikini Chair gets an "A" - it's got just the right mixture of chrome and leather (colorful or monochrome). You can go industrial with black leather, minimalist with white leather, or carnival with lagoon or cherry leather.

What's Not to Like:
The leather pad goes a long way towards making the Wire Chair a comfortable seat, but it still won't be a comfortable long-term (read: 1 hour) seat. You'll get a sore bum if you stay put for long.

The Bottom Line:
A prime example of the Eameses use of welded wire, the Bikini Wire Chair is small, light, and has a beautifully crafted Eiffel Tower base for added character. All that remains is for your to choose which leather you love most!

Details:

  • Overall: 32.75" h x 19.75" w x 21.25" d
  • Seat height: 16.5"
  • Chrome frame with leather upholstery
  • Elegantly crafted Eiffel Tower base



Leather Options:

  • Stock Leather
    Chromium free and from Austria this stock Herman Miller leather is a winner for most. With a matte, soft feel this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items.
  • Open Line Leather
    Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.

The Herman Miller Eames Bikini Wire Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: DKR.0, DKR.2, DKR.5.

Design Story

In the Eames design studio, Charles and Ray were never satisfied with working with traditional materials and the constraints they placed on the forms they envisioned. After all, it was Charles and Ray who had developed new ways to mold wood that were so successful that their discoveries were used in numerous ways by the US Navy during World War II. That same molded plywood, and then molded plastic, ended up as materials in innovative chairs produced in the 1940s. Never content to repeat themselves, in the early 1950s, the Eameses and their design staff turned to bent and welded wire. Inspired by trays, dress forms, and baskets, the designers developed a variety of pieces, including Eames wire chairs.

About the Designer

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the wire chair, the aluminum chair group, and the Bikini Wire Chair. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums - including architecture and film-making.

About the Manufacturer


Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Materials & Measurements

Eames Bikini Chair DimensionsMaterials:
Chrome frame with leather upholstery

Dimensions:
Overall: 32.75" h x 19.75" w x 21.25" d
Seat height: 16.5"

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Shipping & Delivery

Simple Scheduled Delivery: Free

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  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days.
  • Larger/Freight items:
    • For Residential deliveries, the shipper will contact you via phone call/email at least 24 hours in advance - to schedule a delivery appointment window (typically a 4 hour window). This is when your order does not ship with UPS/Fedex. Most shippers will have online tracking available as well.
    • Business deliveries to companies/commercial addresses will typically not come with a pre-arranged appointment, but will arrive during standard business hours. Please contact Smart Furniture or the shipper if your business address has special scheduling needs.
  • Smaller items + office chairs will typically ship via UPS/Fedex with a tracking number and online monitoring, but not a phone call and delivery appointment (UPS/Fedex do have scheduling programs with sign up on their websites). This can include office chairs and other products requiring assembly.
  • The driver will deliver the shipment at the ground level/front of your house or in your apartment's regular delivery area. They will not bring the furniture inside or carry it up stairs.
  • If you live in an apartment, the doorman can accept delivery on your behalf.
  • For Larger/Freight shipment (non UPS/Fedex) You must be present at the scheduled delivery appointment to inspect the delivery items and sign paperwork if any damage is visible.
    • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
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Questions & Answers

Product Q&A


Q: Can the bikini piece be purchased separately?
A: Unfortunately, the bikini piece (only) is not available for purchase at this time

Q: Where can I find the non-bikini version of this chair?
A: See the Eames Wire Chair.

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Warranty

The Eames Bikini Chair comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away

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