For spring 2013, Herman Miller has introduced a new interpretation of the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair as part of the continually expanding Herman Miller Collection. For the first time, this iconic form will be produced in molded wood in a range of veneer and base options, and will be called the Eames Molded Wood Side Chair.
Designed by Charles and Ray Eames and introduced by Herman Miller in 1950, the original plastic chair line was first explored as shells stamped in steel, before successfully mass producing the designs in molded plastic. But the technology limitations of their day prevented the designers from producing the plastic side chair form in molded wood; the curves were simply too dramatic and complex.
Now, the latest advances in 3-D veneer technology give the wood veneer the extra flexibility it needs to be molded into the complex curves of a single shell. Honoring the same organic shapes and sleek lines of the Eames classic work, it celebrates the designers’ appreciation of honest materials. The new Molded Wood Side Chair also aligns beautifully with the mission and strategy of the Herman Miller Collection, advancing classic design with today’s technological capabilities in ways that honor and extend the original ideas.
Available in santos palisander, white ash and walnut woods, and wire (or “Eiffel Tower”), dowel leg and 4-leg base options, the chair is immediately orderable by the trade through Herman Miller’s commercial showrooms and dealers. Retail availability begins in May, exclusively through Design Within Reach retail shops and at dwr.com, or at Herman Miller’s own hermanmiller.com/store.