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Fiberglass Side Shell

Charles Eames, Ray Eames

When the chairs were introduced the first three colors were Parchment, Greige (seen here), and Elephant Hide Gray—neutral colors that would work in many environments. When these, the first mass-produced plastic chairs, proved to be popular with consumers, they added Sea Foam Green, Red, and Yellow options. Eventually, the variety of colors expanded to more than twenty, each one approved by Ray and Charles.

A circular, black ink stamp (“Summit Prime”), a circular, taupe ink stamp (“INSPECTED”), an embossed backward “B” inside a taupe circle, an embossed Summit logo (“S” inside a circle), an embossed Herman Miller logo and word mark, and “412161” printed in black ink are on the underside of the shell.

  • Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Medium:Fiberglass
  • Dimensions:17 x 18 x 18 in. (43.2 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm)
  • Design Date:1952
  • Credit Line:All images courtesy of Eames Office
  • Item:2019.2.279