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The Eames Molded Plastic Chair: aka Effortless Cool

green plastic
Green plastic molded armchair

In 1950 the Molded Plastic Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, became available to the public as the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair.  Today they’re sold in 100% recyclable polypropylene and are an extremely popular way to inject some classic modernist cool into a home.  I see them on Pinterest and other online design forums on a daily basis (increasingly in pastel pink, which slightly disturbs me for some reason).  The Eames plastic rocker is in (and has been for years) every other hip children’s room despite the debate over its comfort level.  The chairs have the wonderful quality of being a classic mid-century modern icon as well as the flexibility to look great in almost any environment you care to put them.  They’re trendy right now, but that doesn’t make them any less of a chair classic.

Blue eames
A single Eames chair looks great at a desk in a small space
eames wooden table
Wooden table with white Eames chairs around it.
eames wooden table 2
This is a classic pairing of wooden table with the Eames chair.  This room has the exact same rug as another image I’ve selected later on in this post.
natural table eames
Another wood table…
eames collection
Quite an interesting space with a collection of Eames chairs
Rustic Eames
This is an interesting look that seems vaguely British to me.
Green dining eames
A fun green mixed with other classic design pieces.
green eames
A more subdued green in an elegant penthouse in Ukraine – click the image for the article
gray eames
Fantastic family breakfast nook
pink eames
Here’s that pale pink I was telling you about.
conference eames
“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection” – Rainbow Connection of chairs
sheepskin eames
Lastly, don’t forget the sheepskin for winter comfort.  It’s another classic character in interior design along with the same rug from another image

And, because I don’t know why I love you like I do (a timely “Mad About You” reference), here’s our classic Eames plastic chair in a Beyonce video.  You can thank me later.


2 thoughts on “The Eames Molded Plastic Chair: aka Effortless Cool”

  1. Hi! I wonder what is the diameter of the table in the beautiful picture with the pale pink chairs. It fits perfectly from the proportion for a small dining nook … What do you think? 80 or 90 cm?

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