EAMES AND VARIATIONS Posted April 23, 2013 by Daniel Ostroff

The Wall Street Journal heralds the latest iteration of the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair.

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The Wall Street Journal heralds the latest iteration of the Eames side chair:

“Since its debut in 1951, the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair—a body-embracing wonder designed by Charles and Ray Eames—has come a long way. The first unupholstered chair to be mass-produced in plastic, it has metamorphosed into a wiry creature, learned to rock, gone to school, entered the workforce as quintessential office furniture and found its way back into the canon of high design. But, until now, its complex curves had never made the leap from plastic to wood. Today’s 3-D veneer technology has finally made it possible to give wood the flexibility it needs to be molded into a deeply concave single shell. Here’s a look at some of this icon’s many iterations.”

You can read the original article on the Wall Street Journal website.

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, The Eames Molded Wood Side Chair is available as of May 1, 2013. 

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In its longstanding commitment to the Eameses’ vision of continued exploration, discovery, and refinement, Herman Miller introduces the Molded Wood Side Chair. Creating the classic shell chair out of wood was made possible by today’s revolutionary 3-D veneer technology, whereby the wood is sliced into spaghetti-thin strips and then glued back together. The composite’s flexibility means that it can bend, curve and mold into shape, and because the technique reduces the thickness needed for the veneer, the result is an elegantly shaped but strong and durable shell. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Shell made in Germany; chair assembled in the U.S.A.