Eames Eiffel Chair (Modernica)



Dimensions (mm): Side Shell: 470 wide x 547 deep x 789 high. 433 seat height or Arm Shell: 636 wide x 598 deep x 814 high. 395 seat height..

Product Materials: Legs: Zinc plated polished steel/black powder coat + Shell: Fiberglass – PBDE free (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) + Fire safety approved.

Product Fiberglass: Chiffon or Jet Black or Natural or Oatmeal or Terracotta or White.

Arms + Eiffel Legs: Side Shell (no arms)/Polished Steel or Side Shell (no arms)/Black Powder coat or Arm Shell (no arms)/Polished Steel or Arm Shell (no arms)/Black Powder coat.


This is it, the true iconic original classic Eames Eiffel Chair (Modernica); full title the Case Study® Fiberglass Side Shell Eiffel Chair and the Case Study® Fiberglass Arm Shell Eiffel Chair.  Easily one of the most important and recognisable dining chairs of all time, originally designed in 1948 as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition.

In the early fifties, fiberglass was considered an ultra-high tech material, and, importantly, it was both lightweight and heavy-duty. Initial development and production was through Zenith Plastics—early pioneers of developing fiberglass for household and military applications. As for the chair bases, they were cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options that would be interchangeable within the various shell series.

The shell chairs were first available in the spring of 1950 and were manufactured and distributed until 1983.  In 2000, Modernica revived this potentially lost art of high-pressure, moulded fiberglass. Modernica creates each shell, by hand, one-by-one, in their Los Angeles factory—just as they had been designed, developed, and produced in Southern California in the 1950s. Modernica even uses all of the original presses and specialised equipment obtained by the original manufacturing plant. To ensure authenticity of production, the initial shell chair production was overseen the very same team employed over sixty years ago to develop the original technology.

Modernica prepare their steel Eiffel bases in either polished chrome or black powder coat.  The fiberglass shelves are available in the full range of Modernica colours – please contact us if you would like a colour which isn’t listed in our swatches above.  Also, please contact us if you would like to explore Modernica’s new upholstered fiberglass shells.

Each and every Eames Eiffel Chair (Modernica) is entirely manufactured in Los Angeles, U.S.A.  Furniture that lasts.

Delivery and lead time

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Delivery method: Client Pick-Up (free); Delivery to Your Door Organised by PodMarket (invoiced separately); Delivery Organised by Client
Lead time: Approximately 8 weeks


* This entire range of fiberglass chairs contain no (PBDE) Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and all have been fire safety tested and approved.
** Simple assembly required.

Product design

Design: Charles + Ray Eames
Made in Los Angeles, USA


Sustainability is our essence, not just a tag line.
Good Design is sustainable. Minimal materials, cleverly put together, avoiding unnecessary production and waste. Well crafted designs that last a long time, because if you buy cheap you pay twice, and so does the environment.

Sustainability is about health, avoiding bad chemicals, using non-toxic materials.  Choice of materials is important. We prefer natural fibres in our fabrics. Wools, cottons, linens, and leather.  Timber is a great choice for sustainable outcomes. Forests are good for our environment, and timber production has many eco-benefits. We prefer timbers that are properly harvested using sustainable forestry practices, and timbers that last. We use glass, or metal when that’s what the item needs to be beautiful, or functional, or to last a long time. That’s part of a sustainable outcome too.
For further information, please refer to  our design principles and our materials sections.


  Customisation available. Please contact us with your requirements.
  SKU: DC0007