Eames Molded Plastic Collection
Once of the most celebrated and imitated designs of the last century, the molded plastic chair collection by Charles and Ray Eames was first introduced in 1948. Today, Herman Miller continues to produce the Eames Plastic Chair collection in a way that is 100% true to the original form, but features an environmentally friendly recyclable polypropylene shell.
Charles and Ray Eames adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to mass produce this classic design. These molded plastic rocking chairs are true to the originals and are fully authentic, with updated materials to meet environmental requirements. Their enduring forms and quality construction make them comfortable, durable performers.
The Eames Molded Plastic Chairs are bright, playful, and classic. The colorful exteriors and the creative, unexpected contours of the chairs themselves combine to give these pieces a truly unique look and feel. They're perfect for homes and office both. A mix of serious design and imaginative form, they're a thrilling blend that it well pretty much wherever you put them. There are rocking chair versions, single, simple shells, and versions with elegant wire legs and support. Each and every version of the chair serves the home or the office in a different and constructive way, and Smart Furniture and Herman Miller are very pleased to offer them to our customers in the exact same dimensions and with the exact same schematics that they've always had.
That kind of continuity is important when you're dealing with a truly classic chair. The version of the chair that you can buy from Smart Furniture today looks exactly like, and feels exactly like, and is exactly like the one you can see at the museum. It's rare for fine furniture like this with such a vaunted critical reputation to still be a big seller on the contemporary market. It speaks to the ingenuity and forward-thinking nature of the chairs and of their creators, Charles and Ray Eames (see the plastic chairs' design story, and be sure to read our summary of its striking design. Charles and Ray didn't design furniture that was part of the current design "conversation" in the 40s, 50s and 60s. They built new forms that pushed that conversation forward. They asked new questions about what furniture could be, what it could look like, what if could be made of, and how it could feel. And their answers became legendary. The Eames Molded Plastic Chairs are only one in a long list of major furniture designs that the Eames accomplished in their lifetimes. That list includes the LCW, the Eames Lounge Chair, the Aluminum Group, and the Hang-It-All. And even those are only the tip of the iceberg.
There has only been one change to the original formula of the Eames Molded Plastic Chairs, and that's in the material that makes up the plastic. The original plastic, made before companies knew to test for environmental hazards, was made with fiberglass infusions. While that provided excellent flexiblity and strength, fiberglass is tough to recycle, and therefore not environmentally sound. Now the chair is made with 100 percent recyclable polypropylene, which gives our customers just one more reason to buy the amazing Eames Molded Plastic Chairs. Herman Miller has always been a very responsible company when it comes to the building and manufacturing, and this change to the original materials in the chair was motivated not by a desire to change for changes sake, but to do what Charles and Ray would have wanted to do had they known the fiberglass infused plastic was unsustainable. Making these chairs earth friendly is one of the proud additions to their legacy that Herman Miller was able to contribute.
While the update was needed on an environmental front, it's true what Herman Miller says about these chairs; good design never changes. The appearance of the chair, and the look of the chair, are exactly the same as they always have been. As a service to the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames and our customers, the chairs that Smart Furniture offers and Herman Miller provides are just as they always have been. It's possible to have literally museum quality furniture in your home with the Eames Molded Plastic Chairs. They're also fun, beautiful, comfortable, and very well made.