Charles and Ray created this design in response to demands for a lightweight stacking chair that could be set up quickly for large groups and, at the same time, be stored with ease.
The chairs can be connected in straight or curved rows. When stacked, the side-hooks support and separate the seats so as to avoid abrasion.
Charles and Ray constructed the shell prototype from coated metal, but later altered their design, favoring a more practical molded plastic reinforced with fiberglass. The material does not show scratches and is easily cleaned with a cloth.
Demonstrating the Eameses’ careful attention to detail, the base of the chair is equipped with ball-joint nylon glides to compensate for uneven floor surfaces.