The Shell Chair Everywhere

See why the Eames Shell Chair was designed for all of life’s moments


Written by: Amber Bravo

Artwork by: Bill Porter

An Eames Rocker and Shell Chair are part of the family

Charles and Ray Eames, designers of the Eames Shell Chair famously said: “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” Most of the designs that came out of the Eames Office did just that—suiting a need and solving a problem. But what is perhaps most remarkable about Charles and Ray’s 1950 design for the Eames Shell Chair is just how many of life’s requirements they were able to meet in a single, gracious form.

Eames Wire Chairs with dowel base surround a Magis Tavolo table beneath a Nelson Bubble Pendant
Eames Molded Plastic Rocker, an Eames Hang It All, and a Nelson Thin Edge Storage unit complete this play room.

So we commissioned animator Bill Porter to sketch out how a single chair can touch so many parts of one’s life—and how so many small moments can sometimes add up to our greatest.

Profile view of an Eames Molded Plastic rocker. Select to play an animated video featuring the Eames Shell Chair.

Products

1:33

The Shell Chair Everywhere

Animator Bill Porter takes us on a simple journey through the life of a boy and a girl and the chair they encounter at every turn.

Archival image of the Eames Shell Chair family.

What makes the Shell Chair so beloved is its universality and adaptability—no wonder then, that it’s equally at home in museum collections, living rooms, Laundromats, lobbies, and cafés. It’s also an inextricable part of our DNA at Herman Miller: The company has a longstanding tradition of giving every employee an Eames Shell Chair Rocker when they welcome a new family member into their home. So we commissioned animator Bill Porter to sketch out how a single chair can touch so many parts of one’s life—and how so many small moments can sometimes add up to our greatest.

Shop the Shell

Click through to some of our best-selling configurations.

Family Style

Wireframe, dowel-leg, fiberglass, rocker—with hundreds of options, there's a Shell Chair for everyone.

Shop the Shells