DATE - 1952

In the 1950’s the Eames Office expanded the versatility of the Molded Shell Chairs to a unique contract application: drafting chairs.

Eames Drafting Chairs

The Eames Office first used a fiberglass-reinforced polyester shell for the seat of a drafting chair in the early 1950s, when the molded plastic chairs were introduced. The Eames Drafting Chair was reworked after the initial launch of the Molded Shell Chairs in the 1950s, and in 1970 they produced a more refined version which Herman Miller sold until 1990.

The shell construction is the same as other upholstered plastic shell seats. The seat is bolted to an aluminum spider attached to an aluminum cast pedestal base, which sports a lustrously polished finish. The Drafting Chair seat can be adjusted to heights between forty-one and fifty-four inches and has a tubular steel foot ring as the footrest.

The Drafting Chairs came with one-half-inch glides or two-inch casters and in an assortment of colors.

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