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Herman Miller advances to 2030 Sustainability Goals

Some designs are immortal. The Eames Molded Plastic Chair by Herman Miller is one of these designs and will now be produced with 100% post-industrial recycled plastic.

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Herman Miller advances to 2030 Sustainability Goals

Herman Miller advances to 2030 Sustainability Goals - Photograph by Courtesy of Herman Miller

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by Mehmet Kaplan

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The Eames Shell Chairs, the iconic design of Ray and Charles Eames, have been produced from many different materials since it was introduced in 1950. The version made of molded plastic was first introduced in 2006, and as of today, this iconic design will be made using 100% recycled post-industrial plastic.

Herman Miller advances to 2030 Sustainability Goals - Photograph by Courtesy of Herman Miller
Herman Miller advances to 2030 Sustainability Goals - Photograph by Courtesy of Herman Miller

The iconic Eames Shell Chairs, which we are accustomed to seeing almost everywhere, from the dining rooms of family homes to the lobbies of luxury hotels, shed light on the historical stages of the technology and furniture industry in terms of material use. Eames Molded Plastic Chair made from 100% recycled plastic material is the last point reached.

When creating the original 1950 design, Ray and Charles used fiberglass, the most flexible and popular material of the time. As the product range expanded, Eames Shell Chairs made of bent wire were introduced. Due to the environmental damage caused by Fiberglass, production continued by using polypropylene as of 2006. With the invention of environmentally friendly fiberglass in 2013, the original material became part of the product line again. Each of these materials is currently included in the Eames Shell Chairs product line.

The Eames Molded Plastic Chair has become the most environmentally friendly member of the family as Herman Miller's newest product. The new product, made of 100% post-industrial recycled plastic, will be available in three classic shell chair colors, Black, White, and Red Orange, and will diversify the collection in nine new colors. The new color palette, consisting of Evergreen, Cocoa, Deep Yellow, Brick Red, Pale Blue, Medium Grey, Blue Green, Gray Green and Light Grey, will offer designers and customers a suitable alternative to almost any interior design primary color.

The new Eames Molded Plastic Chairs innovation is both a step forward in the shell chair tradition and a breakthrough in Herman Miller's 2030 Sustainability Goals. Now, this mid-century icon will also be produced with 100% post-industrial recycled plastic, one of the sustainable raw materials of the modern era.