The iconic Eames molded fiberglass shell chair returns to vintage form as Herman Miller unveils a sustainable version of the 1950 chair that is made from recyclable fiberglass.
Herman Miller discontinued the popular shell chair during the 1980s due to environmental concerns associated with fiberglass production. In 2000, the company reintroduced the chair in recyclable polypropylene, which is commonly used for outdoor furnishings and stackable side chairs.
Now Herman Miller has introduced a sustainable version in fiberglass that is manufactured without VOC or HAP emissions and has the colors and textures of the midcentury original. The new chair is available in armchair and side chair styles and comes with a choice of dowel leg, stacking, rocker and four-leg bases.
Additionally, the polypropylene and fiberglass chairs can be upholstered with an updated foam padding that uses a safer, greener adhesive than before.
And if you want to recycle the new chair, Herman Miller has instituted a Take Back Program in which the shell material can be finely ground and reused as road construction material.
Eames molded fiberglass chairs range from $379 to $708, depending on format and base. The polypropylene side chairs are $299 to $579. Available at Design Within Reach stores, (800) 944-2233, and online at store.hermanmiller.com/home.