Celebrating Eames and Commercial Design

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“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests,” Charles Eames was known for saying. With the wire chair and the molded plastic, fiberglass, and wood shell chairs, he and Ray Eames created a universal response to what everyone wants from a chair: a simple, gracious form that fits any body and every place.

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Thanks to a new fiberglass production process, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the Eames original 1950 Molded Fiberglass Chair safely with a monomer-free process. Like the original shell chairs, the new fiberglass finish has the same covetable surface variation and tell-tale fiberglass striation that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades.

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While at Chicago’s NeoCon—North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interior—we spotted this exhibit celebrating the Eames Shell Chair in its nearly infinite iterations of shell, base, color, and finish combinations.

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We also attended Denver’s version—NeoCant—last week at Workplace Elements. With nearly 50 vendors showcasing the latest in commercial goods, we’ve gathered the best in local interior design and are excited to share the trends with you in our fall issue!

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