Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Eames Moulded Wood Chairs

Eames Molded Wood side chair with a black seat pad and wire base, viewed from the front.

A simple, gracious form

Eames Molded Wood side chair with a light finish and wire base, viewed from a 45-degree angle.

Eames Moulded Wood Chairs

The authentic, single-shell form of the Eames Moulded Wood Chair is achieved through a proprietary process of 3D veneer manufacturing technology that enables the wood veneer to be moulded into complex curves, thus completing the decades-long endeavour of Charles and Ray Eames to create a wood shell chair.

The side chair is available in a variety of wood finishes, with the option of an attached seat pad for enhanced comfort, all of which pair with a range of base options that include wire, dowel leg and 4-leg in a variety of finishes.

For every need

Charles Eames famously said: “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” With the moulded plastic, fibreglass and wood shell chairs, as well as the wire chair, Charles and Ray Eames created a universal response to what everyone wants from a chair: a simple, gracious form that fits any body and every place.

A poster showing photos of various mid-century modern furniture pieces.
Ray and Charles Eames, designers of the Eames Molded Wood Stool.

In every way

Born out of Charles Eames’ and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations into the moulding of plywood at Cranbrook Academy, Michigan, in 1939, and continued with Ray at the Eames studio in Venice, California, the moulded chair is a prime example of the Eames iterative process and their desire to make “the best for the most for the least”. With each new form, finish and configuration, the Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be: after experimenting with single-form plywood and stamped metal, they turned to fibreglass and experimented with bent wire; when fibreglass production proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch production to a safer plastic; and now, with advancements in safe fibreglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution continues with the Moulded Fibreglass and Moulded Wood Chairs.

For everyone

The Eames shell chair was designed on the principle of adaptability, offering innumerable configurations to serve a wide variety of applications and environments. It’s what makes the chair a classic worthy of museum collections, as well as living rooms, laundrettes, lobbies and cafés. It’s also what makes it a great first piece of furniture to buy in your twenties, that’s still worthy and relevant enough to hand down to your children 20 years later. A diverse selection of shell, base, colour and finish options enable you to create your perfect chair. Just like every person, every chair has a story.

Historical images of eight chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.

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