The search for alternative materials led to Charles and Ray Eames to polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass, a material that until then was practically only used in military applications, such as radomes or aircraft cabins. The Eames studied and exploited to the maximum the advantages of fiberglass: formability, rigidity and good properties for industrial manufacturing. This material, previously unknown in the furniture industry, allowed them to create a molded seat that could be mass-produced: the Fiberglass Chair was born.
Fiberglass offered the advantage of being pleasant to the touch and allowing a perfectly molded shape for extraordinary comfort.
The commercialization of Fiberglass Chairs in 1950 led to the introduction of a type of furniture that has become ubiquitous since then: the multifunctional chair whose shell can be combined with different bases depending on the use. In response to the enormous popularity of this chair, base and color options were soon expanded. Over the next decade, Fiberglass Chairs became one of the best-known furniture designs of the XNUMXth century. They are edited by Vitra.
Details: Fiberglass reinforced polyester seat shell, dyed Eames Elephant Hide Gray. Base in black maple. Seat height 43 cm.
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