The Limited Edition Eames Chair with Steinberg Cat

eames chair with steinberg cat

Illustrator Saul Steinberg’s first visit to the Eames Office in 1950 has become a tale of lore. While at 901 (the Eameses warehouse in Venice, CA), Steinberg took a paintbrush to some of the studio’s furniture, floors, and walls—marking them permanently with a lively cast of cartoons. One of these drawings was a sleeping cat curled into an Eames Fiberglass Armchair.

Eames Chair with Steinberg Cat

fiberglass eames chair with cat drawing
Vitra Eames Chair, Vitra Design Museum Archive, loaned from the Eames Institute

The Eames Chair with Steinberg Cat has now been faithfully replicated and is being offered in a limited edition in North America and Japan (through Herman Miller) and in Europe (through Vitra).

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Staged at the Eames House, Pacific Palisades, California © Eames Foundation, 2023 | © Vitra | Photo: Florian Böhm (Studio AKFB)

This collaborative version of the famous ergonomic fiberglass armchair with artist Saul Steinberg is sure to delight fans of both Midcentury modern furniture and felines.

eames chair with steinberg cat
Replicating the 1950 chair in Germany, image: Vitra

Famed worldwide for giving graphic definition to the postwar age, Steinberg (1914-1999) had one of the most remarkable careers in American art. While renowned for the covers and drawings that appeared in The New Yorker for nearly six decades, he was equally acclaimed for the drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculptures he exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.

Saul Steinberg with drawn face on his hand, Long Island, 1978 | © Estate of Evelyn Hofer

With the contribution of the Eames Office and the American Eames producer Herman Miller, the new limited edition of the Vitra‘s Eames chair has now been created and it reproduces the original seat from the creative encounter in 500 pieces.

the original saul steinberg cat on eames chair
The 1950 original fiberglass Eames chair with cat drawing, courtesy of the Eames Institute

For this purpose, a specialized company scanned the vintage example archived at the Eames Institute and generated a 3D file. The data was used to create an exact model that allowed Steinberg’s design to be applied to the fiberglass shell as faithfully as possible.

making the eames fiberglass chair with saul steinberg cat
Artists producing the chair in Germany. image: Vitra
eames fiberglass chair with saul steinberg cat
Each is hand-painted on the individual shell, with a paint that was deemed to be the closest to the original. image: Vitra

Each is hand-painted by an artisan in Germany, tagged with a number, and protected in a lacquered finish for durability and longevity.

The chair will be available starting June 14th. Sign up now here for early access to the collection.

Item for sale by Herman Miller in North America and Japan only. For customers in Europe, please visit

All Steinberg drawings © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.