Eames H Base Stool (Modernica)



Dimensions (mm): Side Shell: 458 wide x 458 deep x 967 high. 600 seat height (ideal for 900mm high bench tops) or Arm Shell: 636 wide x 458 deep x 967 high. 600 seat height (ideal for 900mm high bench tops)..

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

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

Arm Rest: Side Shell (no arms) or Arm Shell (arms).


This is it, the true iconic original classic Eames H Base Stool (Modernica); full title the Case Study® Fiberglass Side Shell H Base Counter Stool and the Case Study® Fiberglass Arm Shell H Base Counter Stool.  Easily one of the most important and recognisable stools 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 stool bases, they were cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options that would be interchangeable within the various shell series.

The shell stools 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 from the original manufacturing plant. To ensure authenticity of production, the initial shell production was overseen by the very same team employed over sixty years ago to develop the original technology.

We offer these true originals in both the Side Shell (armless) and the Arm Shell versions.  The H Base under frames are available in polished chrome.   Please contact us if you’d like a fiberglass colour which isn’t listed above – we can get each colour within the range.

Each and every Eames H Base Stool (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: ST0001