Arguably one of the 20th century’s most beloved designs, the Eames Shell Chairs remain a sought after design classic nearly 55 years later. The molded fiberglass chairs are the result of Charles and Ray’s 6 years of experimenting with molded plywood to create a single shell form.
Charles Eames famously said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” The Molded Shell Chairs fulfill a universal response to what one wants in a chair: so that it could fit every body and any context—a chair that would be equally at home in a museum, living room or business.
Eames Stools represent the evolution of Charles and Ray Eames’ iterative process, which continually pushed the boundaries of what a single-shell chair could be. The familiar form of the fiberglass shell sits atop a 4-leg base design. The stools are available in both bar and counter height, vintage shell colors and numerous upholstery options to fit the growing need of stools in the home and work place.
Prior to Ray’s passing away in 1988, she had become concerned with the way the original Molded Fiberglass Chairs worked- particularly how the material evaporated into the atmosphere- so she started the process of discontinuing the chair. Until 2014, the only Authentic Eames Fiberglass Chairs available on the market were vintage.
This year marks an exciting journey for the Fiberglass chairs as they have been reintroduced in a new eco-friendly fiberglass! Thanks to a new proprietary process of producing fiberglass, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the Eames original 1950 Molded Fiberglass Chair safely by means of a less volatile, monomer-free dry bind process. Resulting in a healthier environment as well as safer work environment for Herman Miller employees.
Herman Miller, in their ongoing commitment to reaching a zero operational footprint, offers a Take Back program. The fiberglass chairs are 98% recyclable. Although we are sure you will love your Eames Fiberglass chairs for decades to come.
Make It Yours
Offered in an array of bold colors as well as classic neutrals, the fibrous texture of the fiberglass chairs has been covetable for collectors for years.
The fiberglass shell comes in eight archival colors: Parchment, Red Orange, Terracotta, Dark Seafoam, Navy Blue, and Black
Also available upholstered in Hopsak fabrics by Alexander Girard. Please contact us at 855.815.7757 or [email protected] for personal assistance on upholstered chairs