Eames Fiberglass Side Chair

Manufacturer Vitra

Design Charles & Ray Eames


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. 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. With this material, which was previously unknown in the furniture industry, they successfully developed the moulded seat shells for mass production: the Fiberglass Chair was born. Its organically shaped, one-piece shell proved to be a much-admired innovation at a time when chairs typically consisted of a seat and backrest. Fibreglass offers the added advantage of pleasant tactile qualities and a perfectly moulded form for optimal comfort.

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