Modernica Chair Fibreglass – Dowel



Dimensions (mm): Side Shell: 471 wide x 547 deep x 789 high. 445 seat height or Arm Shell: 636 wide x 598 deep x 789 high. 420 seat height..

Product Materials: Legs: Zinc plated chrome/black steel + solid maple/walnut dowel legs + Shell: Fiberglass – PBDE free (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) + Fire safety approved.

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

Dowel Legs + Steel: Maple (blonde) + Chrome steel or Maple (blonde) + Black steel or Walnut (dark) + Chrome steel or Walnut (dark) + Black steel.

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


This is it.  The iconic Fibreglass Modernica Chair with wooden dowel leg.  There are no pretenders here.

The official name is in fact as follows.  The Case Study® Fibreglass Side Shell Dowel Leg ChairThere’s also the Case Study® Fibreglass Arm Shell Dowel Leg Chair.

Easily one of the most important and recognisable dining chairs of all time.  Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950’s.  It was an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) International Design Competition.

Modernica Chair Fibreglass Shells

For a more comprehensive explanation of the fibreglass technology used in the making of these chairs, please click here.

In the 1950’s, fibreglass was considered an ultra high-tech material.  Importantly, it was both lightweight and heavy duty. Initial development and production came via Zenith Plastics.  Zenith were early pioneers of developing fibreglass for military applications. The bases were also cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options.  Each leg option is available with a variety of seat shells.


The seat shells were available to purchase in Spring 1950.  They were manufactured and distributed until the mid 1980’s.  In the late nineties, Modernica revived this ‘lost art’ of high pressure, moulded fibreglass.  Modernica creates each shell in their Los Angeles factory, by hand.  Just as they had been developed and manufactured in Southern California over 65 years ago.

Manufacturing takes place using the Modernica one-by-one focus.  They use all of the presses and specialised equipment from the original Zenith manufacturing plant. To ensure total authenticity, the initial shell production was even overseen by two senior members of the original development team.  The guidance from these early 1950s pioneers ensures these Fibreglass Modernica Chair are completely authentic.

PodMarket® offers the iconic fibreglass Modernica chair in both its forms.  Armless (ie: Side Shell) as well as the Arm Shell version.  The under frames are available in the timeless wooden dowel legs in either maple (blonde) or walnut (dark).  The steel bracing is also available in polished chrome or black.   The seat shells are available in over 30 colours.

Every Fibreglass Modernica chair is manufactured in Los Angeles, California.  This is designer furniture that’s beautiful, iconic, incredibly robust and very easy to keep clean.

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: DC0001