An office or conference chair of the extra class, the Eames Lobby Chair also cuts an imposing figure as an executive chair. Created in 1960 for the TimeLife building in New York the ES 105 / ES 108 has developed into the epitome of noble seating for upscale office and conference rooms. Originally designed for the lobby and waiting area, the Vitra ES 105 is a comfortable and visually representative chair. The design principle is reminiscent of that employed in the Eames lounge chair, albeit the three upholstery elements of the Eames Lobby Chair ES 105 are connected laterally by two aluminum braces. The ES 105 Executive Chair can also be seen as a further development of the Eames aluminum chairs, which are made from same two aluminium side braces and provide for a comfortable sitting experience on a very reduced chair. The unique design of the Eames Lobby Chair 108 became well known mainly through the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, where Bobby Fisher (USA) and Boris Spassky (USSR) competed against each other – both sitting on a Lobby Chair.
The history of probably the most famous designer couple of the modern era began in 1940 at the Cranbrook Acadamy of Arts. Charles Eames, born in St. Louis in 1907, was working with the architect Eero Saarinen on their preparations for the "Low Cost Furniture" competition at the Museum of Modern Art when Ray Kaiser, born in Sacramento in 1912, joined the team as an assistant. The following year, Ray Kaiser and Charles Eames married and not only strengthened their personal relationship but also began a very productive and long-lasting professional cooperation. At the Eames Studio in Los Angeles, a large body of work was created including furniture and chairs, such as the ES 105 Lobby Chair, as well as films, textile designs, photographs and building designs. With their functional designs, for which the two designers often developed new manufacturing processes, the Eames entered the pantheon of furniture history. The collaboration lasted until the death of Charles Eames in 1978, with which all activities in the Eames studio were discontinued.