Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs

Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs

Thanks to a new proprietary process of producing fiberglass, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the Eames original 1950 Molded Fiberglass Chair safely by means of a less volatile, monomer-free “dry bind” process. Like the Eameses’ original single shell chairs, our new fiberglass finish has the same covetable surface variation and tell-tale fiberglass striation that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades.

They are available in both the arm and side chair formats in a range of archival colors, and a choice of wire, dowel leg, stacking, and 4-leg bases. Armchair and side chair shells can be fully upholstered in a variety of textiles; side chairs are available with an upholstered seat pad. All chairs can be recycled through the Herman Miller Take Back Program. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell.

Design Story

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 molded
plastic, fiberglass, and wood shell chairs—as well as the wire chair—the
Eames have 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
Borne out of Charles’ and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations molding
plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939, and continued with Ray at the
Eames studio in Venice, California, the molded chair is exemplary 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 fiberglass and experimented with bent wire; when fiberglass production
proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch
production to a safer plastic; and now, with advancements in safe
fiberglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution
continues with the Molded Fiberglass and Molded 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—and living rooms, Laundromats,
lobbies, and cafés. It’s 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, color, and finish options enable you to create your perfect chair.
Just like every person, every chair has a story.