Developed from Charles Eames' and Ero Saarinen's early studies with molding plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939 and conceived by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950, the Eames Molded Shell Chair soon experienced success upon its release. The modern side and armchair would permanently stake its place in the design world as an all-time classic. However, due to environmental issues involving the use of fiberglass for the original shell, fiberglass was discontinued and replaced with a more suitable and eco-friendly material. With that came the arrival and reintroduction of the Eames Shell Chair molded with a polypropylene shell. The environmentally friendly shell proved to be just as popular as the original with its subtle matte texture, tacitly softness, and noteworthy strength. But, at no point was the original Eames Molded Shell Chair lost in the wake of Herman Miller's design progression. In 2013, Herman Miller revealed the highly anticipated and revamped version of the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair with a new and improved fiberglass shell, produced safely through a less volatile and monomer-free process, which would continue to honor the legacy of the original design.
Between the numerous base options, upholstered or non-upholstered shells, and stool variations of the modern chair, it's clear that the Eames Molded Shell Chairs were designed for the sake of versatility. Each chair offers adaptability to a variety of settings and functions; whether it's used for a commercial setting or residential setting the chair fits for any and all situations and will continue to offer a timeless design meant to last throughout the decades, from generation to generation. Needless to say, its long-term use contributes to the overall eco-friendliness of the chair as both shell material variations of the chair are recyclable; with the polypropylene shell being 100 percent recyclable and the fiberglass shell being recyclable through the Herman Miller Take Back Program. Regardless of where the chair is placed, the timelessness of the modern chair will surely make an impact on the design of your space while speaking loud and clear on your appreciation for an iconic and classic home furnishing piece.