Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair

Eight original Eames fiberglass Herman Miller side chairs in white. Original design is from 1950 and these chairs are from the 60′s. I have both rocking chair and Eiffel tower legs – i.e. these chairs have the popular short width between rubber shocks and accommodate for stylish legs.

Chair’s Story

Easily one of the most important and recognizable designs of the twentieth century. The Fiberglass Shell Chairs were originally designed by Charles Eames in 1948 as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition. At the time, no one could possibly have anticipated the massive success and longevity of this iconoclastic design.

In the early fifties, fiberglass was considered an ultra-high tech material. Produced with a mixture of resin and glass fibers, it was lightweight, yet heavy-duty. It was the inherent nature of this material that was the solution Eames needed in order to construct his ideals. Initial development and production was through Zenith Plastics—early pioneers of developing fiberglass for household and military applications. As for the chair bases, they were cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options that would be interchangeable within and between the arm shell and the side shell.

The shell chairs were first available in the spring of 1950. The first runs of the chairs were produced in only three colors; griege, elephant-hide gray, and parchment—all of which had interesting translucent qualities. The chairs were distributed by Herman Miller and were available in their product line until 1983.


SPECIFICATIONS: Excellent condition with time appropriate wear. The black rubber shocks have been reglued and the Eiffel tower and Rocking chair legs are brand new quality reproductions. Rocking chair legs are made out of blonde solid maple wood.
MATERIALS: Fiberglass seat and back, metal/wood legs.
WIDTH: 46 cm / 18 in
DEPTH: 55 cm / 21.7 in
HEIGHT: 80 cm / 31.5 in
SEAT HEIGHT: 46 cm / 18.1 in