Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
This is another entry in the long list of Charles and Ray Eames classics. You've probably seen this chair before (or some version of it) in your elementary school classroom, in auditoriums and cafeterias across the country, and in reception halls. Efficient, unique, attractive, creative, and popular; those words describe the Molded Plastic Side Chair to a tee. A sense of history, a sense of fun, and a legitimate art object in your home or office. A beautiful chair with a proud history, and good price and fun, playful presence in any room of your home or office.
Single-piece shell with waterfall edges and molded polypropylene seat and flexible back. Metal base and legs.
Overall: 31.25" h x 18" w x 21.25" d
Seat height: 16.875"
See the Molded Plastic Chair Colors page for a better look at available color options.
4-legged base, flexible back, waterfall edges and chrome legs
Organic shapes. A clean, simple form sculpted to fit the body; first presented at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948.
Popular today. The chairs have achieved a pervasive presence that proves the staying power of good design.
Friendly to the earth. Shells are recyclable polypropylene.
Integral color. The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use.
Cushioned contact. For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts.
Glide options. The standard glide is also available with felt to protect hard-surface floors.New materials, especially those that held promise for doing more with less, fascinated Charles and Ray Eames throughout their careers. Their fascination led to inventive modern furniture, such as the molded plastic chair. Designed in 1948, it was the first plastic chair to be mass produced.
The current models looks exactly the same as the originals. They remain unupholstered, in keeping with the Eameses requirement that materials be expressed honestly and unselfconsciously. In fact, these were the first one-piece plastic chairs to be left uncovered.
At the same time, the chairs are better than ever. For example, the shell is now manufactured using more environmentally friendly, high-impact plastic.
About the Designer
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plastic chair group and the soft pad chairs. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.
Read the entire design story behind the Molded Plastic Chairs.
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Herman Miller Warranty
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