Charles and Ray Eames realised their first successful, single-shell form in 1950 with the Moulded Fibreglass Chairs. However, when the environmental risks associated with fibreglass production became more widely understood, the decision was made to switch to a safer plastic. In 2004, Herman Miller reintroduced the Moulded Plastic Armchair Rocker Base in polypropylene.
However thanks to a new, proprietary process of producing fibreglass-reinforced plastic, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the original 1950 Eames Moulded Fibreglass Armchair safely by means of a less volatile, monomer-free "dry bind" process.
Like the original shell chairs, the new, fibreglass finish has the same covetable surface variation and telltale fibreglass striation that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades.
With each new finish and configuration, this rocking chair continues to push the boundaries of what the shell chair can be, whether it’s in an office lounge or the corner of your living room.
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.
The Eames Moulded Fibreglass Armchair Chair is available in eight archival colours and numerous upholstery options straight from the Alexander Girard Archive.