Designed by Charles and Ray Eames
Eames Moulded Fibreglass Stool
An enduring, functional, beautiful form
Eames Moulded Fibreglass Stool
Charles and Ray Eames’ iterative process continually pushed the boundaries of what a single-shell chair could be. The Eames Moulded Fibreglass Stool represents the evolution of that process. Thanks to advances in safe fibreglass composition, the Eameses’ distinctive single-shell form is safely produced by means of a less volatile, monomer-free “dry bind” process. A 4-leg base design based on the original 4-leg chair base makes it an ideal seating option at bar- or counter-height surfaces.
Like the original 1950 Moulded Fibreglass Chair, the surface of the Eames Moulded Fibreglass Stool features the same surface striation that has made the original chairs a covetable find for vintage collectors for decades. The process for making shells and the nature of fibreglass give each shell unique character traits that may include some surface cavities, areas of lighter or darker colour, or faint circular shadows where stool base is attached to shell. Available in a choice of colours, the fibreglass shell can also be fully upholstered in an array of fabrics or outfitted with an upholstered seat pad for enhanced comfort.
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.
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.
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.