The Legacy of Ray and Charles Eames

Apr 22, 2014


The Fiberglass Shell Chairs that are for sale on the Man of the World shop were originally designed by Charles Eames in 1948 as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition. The design has since become an iconic look and is reproduced by furniture manufacturers around the world.

Fiberglass is unique for its combination of resin and glass fibers, which yields a lightweight yet heavy-duty product. In the 1950s it was considered one of the most technologically advanced materials.

Eames, always pushing the frontier of innovation, riffed off of the essence of this material in order to construct his ideal chair. It was initially developed and produced through Zenith Plastics—early pioneers of fiberglass for household and military purposes. The chair bases were keenly designed to provide multiple leg options that could be interchangeable within and between the arm shell and the side shell.

The first runs of the chairs were produced in only three colors; griege, elephant-hide gray, and parchment. The chairs were distributed by Herman Miller and were available in their product line until 1983.The Man of the World Shop carries these chairs in Sky Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Brown.


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