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 plastic chairs are the result of Charles and Ray’s 6 years of experimenting with molded plywood to create a single shell form. Unable to successfully create the single shell with molded plywood at the time, Charles & Ray saw an opportunity to fulfill their vision using fiberglass, then plastic.
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.
The Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs are now available in nine new eco-friendly colors and three classic colors. First designed in 1950, this chair continues to be extremely versatile, durable, and a frequently imitated staple of mid-century design. It’s a perfect fit for an office, living room, children’s room, gathered around a dining table, or as a decorative piece to finish off a room.
In the late 1980s, after Ray Eames and Herman Miller had concerns about the long term effects of fiberglass in the environment they decided to cease production until a more suitable material was found. In 2004, the Eames Shell Chairs were brought back to life when they were reintroduced in a 100% recyclable polypropylene.
Now, continuing that legacy of sustainability and environmental concern, Herman Miller and the Eames Office are proud to announce that as of 2022 the chairs will be made from 100 percent post-industrial recycled material. This is currently estimated to help save approximately 122 tons of plastic per year — that’s equivalent to keeping 16 million yogurt containers out of the landfill for decades to come!
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Each plastic shell has a matte texture that is designed to cradle your body’s curves with impressive durability for extended bouts of sitting. Meanwhile, the unique waterfall seat edge helps reduce pressure on thighs.
This limited edition version curated by Danish designers Mette & Rolf Hay features six new colorways with matching powder-coated steel bases.
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