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Wire Shell

Charles Eames, Ray Eames


Ray and Charles were inspired to use steel wire to create a chair by observing the way wire was welded and bent to manufacture items like sturdy and lightweight baskets and shopping carts. The shell supports a removable upholstered pad, which came in two forms, one piece and two piece, the so-called “Bikini Pad.” The Wire Shell was developed after the fiberglass Armchair but before the fiberglass Side Chair.

  • Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Medium:Steel wire
  • Dimensions:18 x 19 x 21 in. (45.7 x 48.3 x 53.3 cm)
  • Design Date:1951
  • Credit Line:All images courtesy of Eames Office
  • Item:2019.2.7