Chair (fiberglass)

Herman Miller Inc.

DSR (1950), Charles & Ray Eames

Designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic fiberglass chair was intentionally an entry for the ‘International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design’. Sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art, this competition was organized by the urgent need in the post-war period for furniture adaptable to small housing units. The fiberglass chair came in a shell (as pictured above) and an armchair version, and was offered in a variety of colors and bases, such as the Eiffel Tower metal base (as pictured above), a wooden base and a rocker base. The plastic fiberglass armchair is one of the most famous designs of Charles and Ray Eames, and is still popular today.

Trivia:
* in 1993, Vitra discontinued production of the fiberglass shells for ecological reasons. In 2004, Vitra resumed manufacture of the shells in polypropylene, a more environmentally friendly, yet uglier material. Herman Miller, the license holder in the US, still produces the chair in fiberglass – as it is intended.

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