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Harvard Business School chairs

The Many “Lives” of a Eustis Chair

Harvard Business School Chairs

 

This story begins in 2006 when Harvard Business School contacted Eustis Chair to purchase upholstered stacking chairs for the Harvard Faculty Club. At the time, the Harvard Faculty Club was located in historic Kresge Hall.

 

After much consideration, Harvard ordered 203 Merrimac stacking chairs to go in the Harvard Faculty Club. The new chairs pleased the faculty so much, Harvard Business School ordered 120 additional Merrimac stacking chairs for the Faculty Club. Merrimac chairs offer superior comfort and are great for long business luncheons or meetings. Merrimac chairs are easy to stack as well. This makes rearranging furniture a breeze. 

 

Harvard Business School Chairs

Harvard Business School Chairs

 

Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center

 

In 2013, it was time for Harvard to grow its Executive Education facility. In order to make room for the new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, Kresge Hall (including the Faculty Club where the 200 Eustis Chairs were housed) was torn down. While the school built the new Chao Center, the Merrimac chairs temporarily moved to Crimson Commons, which served as an interim Executive Education dining area for 3 years. Harvard Business School ordered 111 more Merrimac stacking chairs for Crimson Commons. The 323 chairs they previously ordered were refinished, this time in a slightly darker color. The seats were also reupholstered to match the newest 111 chairs. Harvard Business School utilized all 434 Merrimac stacking chairs for the 3 years in Crimson Commons.

 

Crimson Commons

 

The Crimson Commons temporary dining space was built by Sprung Structures, a company that provides portable buildings. This portable building was able to preserve trees while offering a world-class dining space. The same unit was later disassembled and sent to Emory University for temporary dining. You can find out more about this interesting space here.

 

Stacking Chairs

Stacking Wood Chairs in Crimson Commons

 

On June 6, 2016, Harvard dedicated the new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center. Goody Clancy, a Boston architectural firm, designed the new space where Kresge Hall once stood. Harvard refinished and reupholstered 324 of the stacking Merrimac chairs. This time the chairs were refinished in dark ebony and received freshly reupholstered seats to match the space. 324 of the Merrimac chairs began their third “life” looking as good as new in the Chao Center Dining Commons.

 

Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center

Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center Chairs

 

Miles Funeral Home

 

In 2018, Miles Funeral Home purchased 110 of the used Merrimac stacking chairs for use in their facilities. These 110 chairs were purchased with the existing finish and seats used in the Harvard Business School’s Crimson Commons space. Thus, beginning their fourth “life” in a brand new space. We are positive these chairs will last for many more years, and many more “lives” to come. Thanks to our own proprietary Eustis Joint construction technology, Eustis Chair products are infinitely more durable than other chairs on the market. 

 

Merrimac Stacking Chairs by Eustis Chair

Merrimac Stacking Chairs by Eustis Chair

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