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.
This concept dominated the market in the following decades. Astonishingly, the chairs by Charles and Ray Eames were not just a pioneering invention: despite their understated aesthetic, they are clearly distinguishable from the countless variations of this typology developed by other designers over the ensuing decades – their appeal remains unabated up to the present day.
The power of good design
With over 170,000 configurations, 23 shell colours and 36 upholstery options, there is a perfect Eames Shell Chair for everyone and every home. Be it in fibreglass, polypropylene or welded steel wire, the Eames Fiberglass Chair, the Eames Plastic Chair and the Wire Chair have been moulded on a human body to offer an increased level of comfort.
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.