Eames Molded Plastic Chair

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Charles and Ray Eames were relentless in their pursuit of a single-shell form and experimented with a range of materials. A prototype made out of stamped metal and coated in neoprene was submitted to the Museum of Modern Art’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in 1948, where it took second place. The chair was too expensive to mass produce, however, and the Eameses turned to fiberglass-reinforced plastic in 1950. The Molded Plastic Chair, also known as the Shell Chair, features a deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge that is both supportive and comfortable. Over the years, both the side chair and armchair formats have become available in a diverse color palette and array of bases: wire, dowel leg, stacking, rocker, and 4-leg. Today, the Molded Plastic Chair is made from recyclable polypropylene with the option of being upholstered, lending versatility to an enduring design.

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