Borne out of Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations moulding plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939, and continued with Ray Eames at the Eames studio in Venice, California, the moulded 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 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 Chair.
Thanks to a new proprietary process of producing fibreglass, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the Eames original 1950 Moulded Fibreglass Chair safely by means of a less volatile, monomer-free “dry bind” process. Like the original shell chairs, our new fibreglass finish has the same covetable surface variation and tell-tale fibreglass striation that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades.
Available in both the arm and side chair formats in eight archival colours, the chairs can be configured with a choice of wire, dowel leg, stacking, rocker, and 4-leg bases. An array of trim, finely tailored Hopsak fabrics designed by Alexander Girard, Herman Miller’s Textile Director from 1952 to 1973, round out the collection of shell customisation options, fully restoring the integrity of the original 1953 shell chair offerings.