Eames Shell Chairs
When a chair launches a revolution
Charles and Ray Eames’ Plastic Chair, which was based on a concept Charles had developed in 1948 for the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Low-Cost Furniture’ competition, introduced a new material to furniture design: plastic – or to be more precise, fibreglass-reinforced polyester. He simultaneously presented a new type of seat – the shell – and discarded the notion that a chair had to unite the seat and base in an inseparable whole, instead making it possible to combine individual seat shells with different bases.
The power of good design
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.