A landmark design from Charles and Ray Eames, these were the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs. Their clean, simple forms cradle the body. Today's chairs are authentic original design with updated, eco-friendly materials and manufacturing and a large selection of base, shell, and color combinations.
More than accent pieces, they are comfortable, durable performers in homes, offices, libraries, museums—just about everywhere.
What's In It For You
Enduring Design in More Places
The Eames molded plastic chairs are as beloved today as when they were first introduced in 1948. Whether stacking or ganging in large spaces like auditoriums or cafeterias, or on their own in elegant homes, libraries, and conference rooms, these chairs unite enduring form and quality construction in a comfortable, durable seat.
The chairs have achieved a pervasive presence that proves that the staying power of good design can be shared by everyone. They work and look good in conference and waiting rooms, kids' rooms and family rooms, kitchens, and offices.
Choices to Fulfill Your Vision
You want the Eames chair, but which one do you want? With lots of new finish, color, and base choices, you can create the exact chair you need for any use in any environment.
Four-legged, dowel-leg, rocker, or wire (often called the "Eiffel") base. Multiple stacking and ganging capabilities. Simple shell or armchair.
In ten colors: aqua sky, black, greystone, java, light blue, lime green, red, sparrow, wafer, and white.
The shell is dyed throughout so the colors are integral and remain vibrant even after years of hard use. Mix, match, imagine a whole new look.
Charles and Ray Eames believed that comfort was as important as looks. The molded plastic chairs have comfort built in. The shell seats have high, flexible backs, deep seat pockets, and waterfall front edges so you can sit comfortably even for extended periods.
Swiveling glides keep the chair steady and level on uneven floors. The standard glide is also available with felt to protect hard-surface floors.
Good design never changes. But times do, and our commitment to the environment is always part of our manufacturing. In place of the original fiberglass-infused plastic, we now use a more ecologically supportable material for the chair shells, 100% recyclable polypropylene.
And the chairs are now made in the United States, to reduce their manufacturing carbon footprint.
In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames were looking forward while other American designers were content to stay put. New materials, new techniques, new shapes—these were what interested the Eameses.
The designers were focused on the new plastics because this exciting material held the promise of being able to do more with less. They realized that plastic could be molded into organic shapes that would conform to the shape of the body.
The Eameses adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to produce the shells. They also perfected another technique with which they had been experimenting—creating a bent, welded wire base.
The result was the process that allowed the manufacture of the first mass-produced one-piece plastic chairs. No upholstery, no covering. Charles and Ray Eames, true to their design philosophy, wanted the actual materials of the chair to take center stage. And they still do, in keeping with the designers' original intent.