Eames Molded Plastic Chairs by Herman Miller

Eames Molded Plastic Chairs


Designer Charles & Ray Eames
Launched in 1948
Architonic id 1043814

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New materials, especially those that held promise for doing more with less, fascinated Charles and Ray Eames throughout their careers. Their fascination led to inventive modern furniture, such as the molded plastic chair. Designed in 1948, it was the first plastic chair to be mass produced.

The current models looks exactly the same as the originals. They remain unupholstered, in keeping with the Eameses requirement that materials be expressed honestly and unselfconsciously. In fact, these were the first one-piece plastic chairs to be left uncovered.

At the same time, the chairs are better than ever. For example, the shell is now manufactured using more environmentally friendly, high-impact plastic.

Charles and Ray Eames adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to mass produce this classic design. Available in side and armchair versions, today's molded plastic chairs are true to the originals and are fully authentic, with updated materials to meet environmental requirements. Their enduring forms and quality construction make them comfortable, durable performers.

Landmark Design
Organic shapes. A clean, simple form sculpted to fit the body; first presented at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948.
Popular today. The chairs have achieved a pervasive presence that proves the staying power of good design.

Choice of Shells and Bases
Inviting armchair. Available in three base styles: wire, four-legged, and rocker; the rocker features stained maple runners.
Stackable side chair. Wire or four-legged base; stacks up to 14 high.
Colorful shells. Five to choose from: black, light blue, lime green, red, and white.
Many uses. In the home, office, cafe, reception area, or training room.

Thoughtful Engineering
Friendly to the earth. Shells are recyclable polypropylene.
Integral color. The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use.
Cushioned contact. For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts.
Glide options. The standard glide is also available with felt to protect hard-surface floors.

Designer: Charles Eames Ray Eames

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