(Courtesy of Herman Miller)The classic Eames Shell Chair has long been one of the hallmarks of the midcentury household. Introduced in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the chairs were first made of fiberglass, but they were replaced in 2004 with a polypropylene base that was considered to be more eco-friendly. The glossy finish of the first chairs were all but impossible to recreate until recently, when Herman Miller announced that it had mastered a new environmentally sound process.
Now, the company is releasing a new recyclable version of the original molded fiberglass chair. Available as both arm and side models, the pieces come in wire, dowel leg, stacking, rocker, and 4-leg bases with or without upholstery. And in nine archival colors, it's never been more stylish to ditch your standard black-and-white uniform.