New and exciting, Vitra have re-introduced the classic Eames chairs in fiberglass, as originally intended back in the 1950's. In 1948, Charles and Ray Eames participated in the 'International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design', organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art, entering a chair with a seat shell moulded to fit the contours of the human body along with a concept for a variety of bases.
Their design won second prize. However, the metal seat shell proved too complex and expensive to achieve successful mass production. The couple's search for alternative materials eventually led them to glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin. Fibreglass offered the added advantage of pleasant tactile qualities and a perfectly moulded form for optimal comfort. Until this exciting development they were only available in the UK in polypropylene but now with advanced technology Vitra have brought them back to the market. The chairs themselves need little introduction - the striking series of bases and combination of revolutionary seat shells were innovative at the time and have brought the chair collection design icon status. The Eames Fiberglass Chair is instantly recognisable (and widely copied) today proving their popularity.
Materials: Dyed-through glass-fibre reinforced polyester (fibreglass). Legs Polished Chrome or Powder-coated metal (black). Glides in black for carpet or felt for hard floor
Dimensions: Height: 83cm x Width: 46.5cm x Depth: 55cm (Seat Height: 43cm)
Original Design Classics - reintroduced in Fibreglass as the originals designed in 1950
Charles & Ray Eames are one of modern design's most recognisable partnerships. Born in the early part of the 20th Century Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable.
Playful and fun, the Eames' had a great energy that lives through their iconic products today. "Take your pleasure seriously" was a favourite saying of Charles Eames.