Eames Shell Chair

The glass-fiber manufacturing process is notorious for its negative contributions to indoor environmental air quality. First produced in glass fiber by Herman Miller, the 1950 Eames Shell Chair was re-designed in plastic a few decades later. Now the company is re-releasing the chair in the original material, but with a new, no-VOC manufacturing process derived from the automobile industry in which glass-fiber strands are blown onto a wireframe formed in the shape of the chair’s shell. Fibers that don’t land on the screen are immediately vacuumed out of the air. Heat and pressure are applied to the form, which melts the strands onto the screen. Nine archival colors are offered. Available later this spring.

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