Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Eames Moulded Wood Stool

Upper half of an Eames Molded Wood Stool with a dark finish, viewed from the front.
 

A simple, gracious form

Eames Molded Wood Stool with a dark finish and silver legs, viewed from a 45-degree angle.

Eames Moulded Wood Stool

The plywood moulding technique perfected by Charles and Ray Eames led to the development of a number of iconic designs for Herman Miller – in addition to laying the foundation for a major movement in modern furniture design. Yet in their lifetimes, the Eameses were unable to execute their single-shell chair design in moulded wood. Decades later, thanks to a proprietary process of 3D veneer manufacturing technology, the complex curves of Eames Moulded Wood Shell Chairs were finally realised. The refined, enduring moulded wood shell form is available as Eames Moulded Wood Stools.

Eames Moulded Wood Stools are available in several veneers and come with an optional upholstered seat pad for enhanced comfort. The 4-leg base comes in bar- or counter-height, and offers its own choice of finish options.

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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