New Eames Fiberglass Chairs from Herman Miller Posted April 2, 2014 by Daniel Ostroff
Thanks to a new proprietary process of producing fiberglass, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the original 1950 Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair—and in a safe, eco-friendly way.
Herman Miller is creating the iconic molded fiberglass chair again—this time in an eco-friendly way by means of a less volatile, monomer-free “dry bind” process. Like the original shell chairs, the new fiberglass finish has the same covetable surface variation and tell-tale fiberglass striation that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades.
Available in the armchair and side chair formats in eight archival colors, the chairs can be configured with a choice of wire, dowel leg, stacking, rocker, and 4-leg bases. An array of trim, finely tailored Hopsak fabrics designed by Alexander Girard, Herman Miller’s Textile Director from 1952 to 1973, round out the collection of shell customization options, fully restoring the integrity of the original 1953 shell chair offerings. All chairs can be recycled through the Herman Miller Take Back Program.
Some history from Herman Miller’s blog:
“Arguably one of the 20th century’s most beloved designs, the Eames Shell Chair has wormed its way into our collective consciousness to become both a coveted piece of design history and, quite simply, a beautiful, accessible design that is exemplary of the Eameses’ desire to make ‘the best for the most for the least.’ Borne out of Charles’ early investigations into molding plywood at Cranbrook Academy with Eero Saarinen in the late ’40s, and continued with Ray and the Eames Office in Venice, California, the Shell Chair was designed on the principle of adaptability, so that it could fit every body and any context—a chair that would be equally at home in a a museum, living room, or the laundromat around the corner. WHY is celebrating the Shell Chair’s endless appeal by sharing stories and images from some of the our biggest fans and ardent collectors (click on the interactive image array above). Stay tuned as we post stories each week and spread the Eames love with #shellspotting.”