Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Wood Base
by Herman Miller

$945.00 + Free Shipping

Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Wood Base

by Herman Miller
SKU# 162
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
$945.00 + Free Shipping

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

AESTHETIC INTEGRITY, ENDURING CHARM, INVITING COMFORT

You can tell it’s Eames at a glance. Lounge chair, dining chair. Both with wood or chrome-plated steel legs. Molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes gives the durable material a soft, inviting appearance. The chairs work just about anywhere—from homes and offices to schools and public areas.

  • 30-DAY FREE RETURNS
  • FREE SHIPPING
  • 12 YEAR WARRANTY
Not seeing the option you're looking for? Shopping for large quantities?
Call us now or Chat: (877) 696-3342
Product Overview

Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Wood Base

Dubbed "the greatest design of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine, there's no doubt that the Herman Miller Eames Molded Plywood Chair is one of the most iconic furniture designs ever. Developed by Charles and Ray Eames, whose groundbreaking work highly influenced the mid-century modern movement, the chair has been in continual production since 1946. Its sleek look was completely different from the large and bulky furniture that was trendy at the time; thus, the chair became popular for its utter simplicity. The Eames Molded Plywood suite of chairs includes:

  • A molded plywood seat and back.
  • Rubber shock mounts.
  • Optional steel legs.

Whether you prefer the laid-back Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, or the upright Eames Dining Chair fits your needs better, you'll get a piece of furniture that's both warmly inviting and historically revered. 

Eames Molded Plywood Chair Features

Charles and Ray Eames developed these influential chairs using what they called a "Kazam! machine" that pressed and molded sheets of wood into sleek and curving shapes. The chairs were made with both elevated style and modern comfort in mind.

Molded Plywood Seat and Back

The Kazam! machine, molded thin pieces of plywood into a contoured seat and back - this is, of course, where the chair gets its name. The lounge chair's frame is lower and slightly more reclined, whereas the dining chair's upright shape makes it perfect for placing at your table.

Rubber Shock Mounts

The two pieces of molded plywood are connected by a curving wooden spine and rubber shock mounts. These were highly innovative at the time, and they ensure the seat back is flexible and giving, moving with the sitter as he or she leans back or changes positions.

Two Base Options

Eames Molded Plywood chairs have two base options: wooden legs or chrome-plated steel legs. Both versions are stylish and authentic.

Customizable Color and Wood Variations

There are several different colors and wood variations to choose from - pick one that complements the decor in your home or office.

Reviews
Dimensions

Dimensions & Specifications

Eames Molded Plywood Chair General Dimensions

Dining Chairs

  • Overall Height: 28.75" to 29.5"
  • Overall Width: 19.375" to 20.5"
  • Seat Depth: 20.5" to 21.75"

 

Product Options

    Product Options

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

    Seat Type

    • Non-Upholstered
    • Upholstered - Custom

    Wood Veneer

    • Walnut
    • Red Stain Birch
    • White Ash
    • Ebony Stained Ash
    • Santos Palisander

    Seat Upholstery

    • Various Herman Miller Fabrics - Custom

Design Story

    PRODUCT DESIGN STORY

    The story behind the Eames molded plywood chairs makes clear just how big a role imagination and serendipity play in design. In the early 1940s, when Charles Eames was working on MGM set designs, he and his wife, Ray, were experimenting with wood-molding techniques that would have profound effects on the design world. Their discoveries led to a commission from the US Navy to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells, molded under heat and pressure, that were used successfully in World War II.

    How far could wood be pushed?

    When the war was over, Charles and Ray applied the technology they had created to making affordable, high-quality chairs that could be mass-produced using dimensionally shaped surfaces instead of cushioned upholstery. When they found that plywood did not withstand the stresses that occurred where the chair seat and back met, they abandoned their original single-shell idea in favor of a chair that had separate molded-plywood panels for the back and seat.

    Sculpted to the human body

    The process eliminated the extraneous wood needed to connect the seat with the back, which reduced the weight and visual profile of the chair and established a basis for modern furniture design. Sculpting a seat and back to fit the contours of the human body, they designed a truly comfortable chair that’s suitable for businesses and homes.

    DESIGNERS

    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.

    OFFICIAL HERMAN MILLER RETAILER

    We're an authorized Herman Miller retailer. This means we're official. We sell new factory-direct items complete with Herman Miller's own warranty. You can purchase confidently from Office Designs knowing you'll be receiving genuine Herman Miller product.

    BRAND STORY

    Herman Miller® is a pioneer in the furniture industry, an innovator whose human-centered, problem-solving approach to design has introduced new ways of living and working for over 100 years. Environmentally-friendly design, lean manufacturing, ergonomics, the open office, even American modernism itself: Herman Miller and our designers have had a hand in shaping it all. In the spirit of our founder, D.J. De Pree, who established a willingness to abandon ourselves creatively to the influence of others, we’ve partnered with the world’s leading designers for generations—from midcentury icons George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard to Michael Anastassiades, Scholten & Baijings, Yves Béhar, and more of today’s leading design minds. Our work with them continues to explore design as a method of change, and the enriching value authenticity brings to our lives. Together, we’re shaping the new kinds of spaces where people will live and work for years to come.

Care & Maintenance