Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Base
by Herman Miller

$ $525.00 + Free Shipping

Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Base

by Herman Miller
SKU# 156
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
$ $525.00 + Free Shipping

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames


Charles and Ray Eames realized their first successful, single-shell form in 1950 with the Molded Fiberglass Chairs. In 2001, Herman Miller reintroduced the Molded Plastic Chair in polypropylene. In addition to being 100 percent recyclable, the polypropylene shell chair's subtle matte texture offers a soft tactility as well as notable durability.

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    Product Overview

    Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Base

    The now-classic Mid-Century design of the Herman Miller® Eames® Molded Plastic Side chair was created in 1948 using two materials/techniques which Charles and Ray Eames had pioneered and perfected: bent and welded wire for the base, and a shaped plastic shell seat. The world's first plastic chair to be mass produced, it was supremely comfortable, stylish, versatile, and allowed the actual materials of the chair to take center stage. Without padding, leather, cushions, or traditional armrests, the Eames' created a chair that would naturally support the human body, and a transparent modern design that will look great in anywhere in your home. Features include:

    • High, flexible back, deep seat pocket
    • Waterfall front seat edge
    • 100% recyclable polypropylene

    Dimensions & Measurements

    • Height: 32"
    • Width: 18.75"
    • Seat Depth: 21.75"
    • Seat Height: 17.5"
    Product Options

      Product Options

      For any custom options below, call or chat with a product specialist to build.

      Shell Upholstery

      • Plastic Nonupholstered Shell
      • Plastic Shell with Upholstered Seat Pad - Custom
      • Plastic Shell with Fully Upholstered Shell - Custom

      Plastic Shell Color

      • Alpine
      • Aqua Sky
      • Black
      • Blue Ice
      • Blush
      • Charcoal
      • Java
      • Kelly Green
      • Pale Yellow
      • Peacock Blue
      • Red Orange
      • Sparrow
      • Stone
      • White

      Base Finish

      • White
      • Black
      • Trivalent Chrome


      • Standard Glides (Glides for Carpet)
      • Standard Glides with Felt Bottom (Glides for Hard Floors)

    Design Story


      For every need

      Charles Eames famously said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” With the molded plastic, fiberglass, and wood shell chairs—as well as the wire chair—the Eames have created a universal response to what everyone wants from a chair: a simple, gracious form that fits any body and every place.

      In every way

      Borne out of Charles’ and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations molding plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939, and continued with Ray at the Eames studio in Venice, California, the molded chair is exemplary of the Eames iterative process and their desire to make “the best for the most for the least.” With each new form, finish, and configuration, the Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be: after experimenting with single-form plywood and stamped metal, they turned to fiberglass and experimented with bent wire; when fiberglass production proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch production to a safer plastic; and now, with advancements in safe fiberglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution continues with the Molded Fiberglass and Molded Wood Chairs.

      For everyone

      The Eames Shell Chair was designed on the principle of adaptability, offering innumerable configurations to serve a wide variety of applications and environments. It’s what makes the chair a classic worthy of museum collections—and living rooms, Laundromats, lobbies, and cafés. It’s what makes it a great first piece of furniture to buy in your twenties, that’s still worthy and relevant enough to hand down to your children 20 years later. A diverse selection of shell, base, color, and finish options enable you to create your perfect chair. Just like every person, every chair has a story.


      Charles and Ray Eames

      A chair that looked like a potato chip. Another that resembled a “well-used first baseman’s mitt.” A folding screen that rippled...

      With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the “Eames look.”

      That look and their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

      Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it.

      They loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.”

      A problem-solver who encouraged experimentation among his staff, Charles once said his dream was “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.”

      Their own concepts evolved over time, not overnight. As Charles noted about the development of the Molded Plywood Chairs, “Yes, it was a flash of inspiration,” he said, “a kind of 30-year flash.”

      With these two, one thing always seemed to lead to another. Their revolutionary work in molded plywood led to their breakthrough work in molded fiberglass seating. A magazine contest led to their highly innovative “Case Study” house. Their love of photography led to film making, including a huge seven-screen presentation at the Moscow World’s Fair in 1959, in a dome designed by their friend and colleague, Buckminster Fuller.

      Graphic design led to showroom design, toy collecting to toy inventing. And a wooden plank contraption, rigged up by their friend, director Billy Wilder for taking naps, led to their acclaimed chaise design.

      A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple “just wanted to make the world a better place.” That they did. They also made it a lot more interesting.


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