Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod by Charles & Ray Eames for Modernica

Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod, elephant shell, black base.
Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod, charcoal shell, black base.
Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod, white shell, chrome base.
Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod, oatmeal shell, chrome base.
Fiberglass Side Shell Low Rod, celery shell, chrome base.

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The Case Study Fiberglass Low Rod Chair adds an understated refinement to any room. Easily one of the most important and recognisable designs of the twentieth century. The Fiberglass Shell Chairs were originally designed in 1948, as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art's International Design Competition. At the time, no one could possibly have anticipated the massive success and longevity of this iconoclastic design. In the early fifties, fiberglass was considered an ultra-high tech material. Produced with a mixture of resin and glass fibers, it was lightweight, yet heavy-duty. Initial development and production was through Zenith Plastics - early pioneers of developing fiberglass for household and military applications. As for the chair bases, they were cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options that would be interchangeable within and between the arm shell and the side shell. The shell chairs were first available in the spring of . The first runs of the chairs were produced in only three colors; griege, elephant-hide gray, and parchment - all of which had interesting translucent qualities. The chairs were distributed until . In , Modernica revived this potentially lost art of high-pressure, molded fiberglass. Modernica creates each shell, by hand, one-by-one, in their Los Angeles factory - just as they had been designed, developed, and produced in Southern California in the 1950s. Modernica uses all of the original presses and specialised equipment obtained from Century Plastics. To ensure authenticity of production, the initial shell chair production was overseen by Sol Fingerhut and Irv Green, the same team employed over sixty years ago to develop the original technology.

Charles & Ray Eames
Fiberglass, steel
Shell : Variety
Base : Black / Chrome
Shell : W. 45.7 × D. 40.6 × H. 40.6 cm
Base : W. 45.7 × D. 40.6 × H. 40.6 cm
Seat height : 31.1 cm

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