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Introduced in 1948 and eventually marketed as the first mass-produced plastic chair, the Eames Shell Chairs established an entirely new typology in seating. Today we manufacture the seat shells of the Eames Plastic Chairs in polypropylene, while the Eames Fiberglass Chairs are produced in glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin.

With over 100,000 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 Shell Chairs have been moulded on a human body to offer an increased level of comfort. This allows the different combinations and to use the chairs in the widest range of settings – from dining rooms, living rooms and home offices to terraces and gardens.


Purchase six Eames Fiberglass Side Chairs or Eames Plastic Side or Armchairs (in any combination) for your dining room between 1 November 2019 and 31 January 2020 and receive one Eames Plastic Armchair LAR as a free gift (un-upholstered in any colour).

The Chair of a Century

When designing the palette for the Fiberglass Chairs with their moulded shells, Charles & Ray Eames attached great importance to offering a range of neutral hues that would blend well with a wide variety of interior settings. They sought to develop integral colours that permeate the material and envelop the glass fibres. Charles & Ray Eames knew that this new design differed starkly from other chairs available at the time. Therefore, the fibreglass colours had to be very carefully considered to be accepted by consumers, resulting in an understated palette for the shells.

Our design teams carefully researched archival holdings and the vintage market to determine the historical use of colours by Charles and Ray Eames, and merged this knowledge with a broad-based analysis of current needs and market offers. Based on these findings, the palettes of the seat shells for the Eames Plastic Chairs, the Fiberglass Chairs and Hopsak cover fabric were revised in close collaboration with the Eames Office.

The inventive base system allows the chair to be used in a variety of different environments, both in homes and offices. You can find a version to suit every need - simply by selecting the appropriate base and choosing an armchair or side chair shell – and every style thanks to the large array of colours designed by Ray Eames.

When a Chair Launches a Revolution

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For many years, Charles and Ray Eames explored the idea of a single shell molded to fit the contours of the human body. They finally achieved their goal with the 1950 Eames Shell Chair, a ground-breaking innovation that founded a new chair typology: the multi-functional shell chair.

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