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A Landmark Design from Charles and Ray EamesThe molded plastic chairs consist of clean, simple forms sculpted to cradle the body. The Eameses adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to produce this classic design - the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs. Today's chairs are true to the originals, with updated, eco-friendly materials. Their enduring forms and quality construction make them comfortable, durable performers.
In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames were looking forward while other American designers were content to stay put. New materials, new techniques, new shapes - these were what interested the Eameses. The designers were focused on the new plastics because they held the promise of being able to do more with less. The Eameses realized that the plastic could be molded to form organic shapes that would conform to the shape of the body. They also perfected another technique with which they had been experimenting - creating a bent, welded wire base. The result was the process to manufacture these molded plastic chairs - the first mass-produced, one-piece plastic chairs. No upholstery, no covering. Charles and Ray Eames, true to their design philosophy, wanted the actual materials to take center stage.
Earth-FriendlyThe original chairs were made of fiberglass-infused plastic. We now use a more ecologically supportable material, recyclable polypropylene, for the shells.
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