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Pair of Vintage Mid Century Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original Eames fiberglass shell chairs circa 1960 salmon color chairs Iconic design with fiberglass shell on stackable steel base. Comfortable contoured ergonomic design. Embos...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

1960s Fiberglass Shell Barstool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A barstool with a black fiberglass shell on splayed, painted legs.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Fiberglass

1960s Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Francisco, CA
A circa 1960s Charles Eames fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller, in a elephant hide gray color.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Eames Mid Century Purple Fiberglass Shell Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames mid century purple fiberglass shell chair Chair measures: 24.75 wide x 25 deep x 29 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 25 inches All pieces of furnitur...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Charles Eames Flame Logo Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Charles Eames designed fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller, this one has the rare flame logo. Made between 1959 and 1960.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Mid Century Ajustrite Orange Fiberglass Shell Eames Style Adjustable Chair Stool
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ajustrite orange fiberglass shell Eames style adjustable chair stool. Item features orange molded fiberglass shell seat, adjustable height base, original l...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Mid Century Eames Style Fiberglass Shell Swivel Bar Stool, Pair
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Pair of vintage Mid Century Eames style fiberglass shell seat swivel bar stools with fiberglass bucket seat and chrome steel base.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Fiberglass

Rare Pair of 'Karate' Swiveling Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Michel Cadestin
By Airborne International, Michel Cadestin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare pair of 'Karate' swiveling fiberglass shell chairs by Michel Cadestin. These iconic chairs were designed circa 1970 by Michel Cadestin for French furniture manufacturer Airbo...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Eames for Herman Miller Terracotta Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s Eames terracotta fiberglass shell chairs with original H bases, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The scarce terracotta shell has its original finis...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Mustard Yellow Fiberglass Shell H-Base Arm Chair Mid Century MCM
By Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Herman Miller mustard yellow fiberglass shell H-Base arm chair. Item features "H" frame base, mustard yellow fiberglass shell, original labels, very nice vintage, quality American cr...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

"La Fonda" C. Eames by H. Miller Space Age Design Fiberglass Shell Two Chair
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brescia, IT
Black fiberglass shell seat Aluminium base.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Early Production Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is an early production of a Charles Eames fiberglass shell arm chair for Herman Miller. In a beige, with a paper label produced between 1954 and 1955, last line it woul...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Pair of Eames Style Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Techfab
By TechFab
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of Eames style yellow fiberglass shell chairs by Techfab. These chairs are stackable so perfect for minimal space apartments. Please request a parcel quote from 1stdibs as it w...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

"La Fonda" Charles Eames by Hermann Miller Design Fiberglass Shell Two Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Brescia, IT
"La Fonda" Charles Eames & Alexander Girard by Hermann Miller, circa 1960s. Ivory fiberglass shell seat Aluminium base.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Crimson Red Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s red fiberglass shell side chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The scarce candy red colored shell has its original finish with distinct thread te...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Navy Blue Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in navy blue, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Gleaming shells are in original condition, each with a distinct threa...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Vintage Mid Century Modern White Fiberglass Shell Rolling Adjustable Desk Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid Century Modern White Fiberglass Shell Rolling Adjustable Desk Chair. Item features adjustable height, rolling casters, white fiberglass seat, chrome base, clean modernist...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Eames for Herman Miller Ultramarine Blue Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in Ultramarine Blue, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Gleaming shells are in original condition, each with a distinc...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller DSS Orange Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s DSS molded fiberglass shell chairs on stacking base, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Gleaming orange shells are in original condition, each with a...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Early Fiberglass shell and Metal Bertoia Bar Stools, Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early fiberglass shell and metal Bertoia bar stools, Harry Bertoia for Knoll, structurally sound, wear to original black molded fiberglass tops, retain original early KNOLL labels.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

1949 Charles Eames Rope Edge Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Charles Eames designed rope edge fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller. This is a first year, 1949-1950 production of the chair. This model was entered into ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Pair of circa 1960s Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a pair of circa 1960s Charles Eames designed fiberglass shell armchairs for Herman Miller. They sit on black color bases, with the shells in what you could say is Di...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

1 Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell DAR Eiffel Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of Mid-Century Modern American design, and have been recognized as the most inf...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Red Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Red Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide x 22 deep x 31.25 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 26 inches ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide x 22 deep x 31.25 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 26 inche...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Blue Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Blue Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide x 22 deep x 31.25 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 26 inches ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Marc Newson Felt Armchair in White Glossy Fiberglass Shell for Cappellini
By Marc Newson, Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
An explosion of vitality: Felt chair by Marc Newson has a reinforced fiberglass shell that can be varnished with a glossy finish in a vast array of colors: orange, red, blue, white o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Marc Newson Felt Armchair in Fiberglass Shell with Glossy Finish for Cappellini
By Marc Newson, Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
An explosion of vitality: Felt chair by Marc Newson has a reinforced fiberglass shell that can be varnished with a glossy finish in a vast array of colors: orange, red, blue, white o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Lawrence Peabody for Selig Mid Century Wingback Fiberglass Shell Chair, Green
By Lawrence Peabody, Selig
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody for Selig mid century wingback fiberglass shell chair - green Chair measures: 27.5 wide x 25 deep x 32.25 high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches All pieces of fur...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Metal

1940s Parchment Color Fiberglass Shell RAR Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith, Herman Miller
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames, fiberglass shell and birch, USA, 1948 RAR rocking chair designed by famous couple Charles and Ray Eames. This is an early example with beauti...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Metal

1950's Vintage Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchairs for Herman Miller-A Pair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New Orleans, LA
A pair of Charles Eames molded fiberglass shell arm chairs for Herman Miller, in a parchment color with original paper labels present, produced between 1951 and 1955. Borne out of ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Fiberglass Shell Arm Chair This chair measures: 24.75 wide x 20 deep x 27.5 inches high, with a seat height of 15....
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Fiberglass Shell Arm Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Arm Chair This chair measures: 24.75 wide x 20 deep x 27.5 inches high, with a seat height of 15.75 and ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Early Eames DAR Fiberglass Shell Chair Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Round Rock, TX
Early 2nd generation “Eiffel” DAR shell chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This example shows off its heavy fibrous shell in lovely parchment color. Still retains its ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Original Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 1960s molded fiberglass side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Gleaming shells are in original condition, each with a distinct thready texture...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eames Fiberglass Shell Dining Chairs by Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller fiberglass dining chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames. All in matching “greige” color, which is elegant and complements all decor and color schemes. Signed and gua...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass, Wood

Eames Fiberglass Shell Dining Chairs by Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller fiberglass dining chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames. All in matching “greige” color, which is elegant and complements all decor and color schemes. Signed and gua...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Fiberglass

Eames PAC Yellow Padded Swivel Armchair w/Gray Fiberglass Shell & Aluminum Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Iconic vintage Eames PAC, pivoting armchair on cast aluminum base, with yellow Naugahyde padded swivel seat on gray fiberglass shell. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The cast a...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

1960s Miroslav Navratil Fiberglass Shell Lounge Chair, Czechoslovakia
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Praha, CZ
- Newly upholstered - The wooden parts have been refurbished and stained in mat black color.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Eames for Herman Miller Dax Fiberglass Shell Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wichita, KS
Early model Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass dax shell dining chair in orange. it is stamped Herman Miller and has the zenith Prime circle logo stamp as well.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Early Zenith Parchment DAX Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith, Herman Miller
Located in San Jose, CA
Iconic design (DAX) dining armchair x-base by Ray and Charles Eames, circa early 1950's. This second generation parchment colored armchair retains a high gloss finish supported by th...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Marcel Wanders Wanders' Tulip Armchair in Red Hero Fiberglass Shell, Cappellini
By Cappellini, MARCEL WANDERS
Located in New York, NY
A sculptural presence makes the Wanders' Tulip armchair, by Marcel Wanders, an exceptional protagonist in any setting: ideal in spacious areas, both contract and private, thanks to t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Resin, Fiberglass, Foam

Mid-Century Modern Fiberglass Shell Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This mid century modern shell chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller and features a fiberglass construction with original "H" shaped aluminum base which offers...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Eight Eames Fiberglass Shell Dining Chairs by Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller fiberglass dining chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames. All in matching “greige” color, which is elegant and complements all decor and color schemes. Signed and gua...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass, Wood

Charles Eames by Hermann Miller Design Red Fabric and Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brescia, IT
Charles Eames by Hermann Miller, circa 1960s. Ivory shell seat and red fabric metal and aluminum base. Very good condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

416 Fiberglass Shell Chair by Wim Rietveld & Andre Cordemeyer for Gispen, 1950s
By Wim Rietveld, Gispen Culemborg
Located in The Hague, NL
Minimalistic Dutch pride design- no. 416 model lounge/ armchair designed by Wim Rietveld (son of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld) and Andre Cordemeyer for Gispen, Culemborg, 1957. This first...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Eames Fiberglass Greige Shell Chair on Walnut Dowel Base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chair in a scarce greige, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These 1960s shells have a warm, sandy attractive hue that is har...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Rare Pair of Mid-Century Modern Fiberglass and Brown Leather Shell Lounge Chairs
By Krueger International
Located in Lafayette, IN
Wonderful pair of rare 1960s AFKA guest/side chairs by Krueger metal products. These chairs feature a white fiberglass shell, chrome steel frame and solid walnut armrests. Chairs hav...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Swivel Padded Arm Shell Chairs, Two-Tone
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of Charles and Ray Eames swivel padded arm shell chairs, unusual color combination, early brown exposed fiberglass shells. Mustard yellow fabric covers, gray piping, early four ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Early Pair of Dax Transitional Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent early example of a pair of Transitional Herman Miller Dax red/orange armshell chairs. All original. Early black X-base with large shock mounts. Shells are non-rope edge. Re...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Zenith Shell Rocking Chair RAR by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
The iconic rocker: Zenith Shell Rocking Chair RAR designed by Charles and Ray Eames featuring the iconic organically shaped fiberglass shell resting on cross-braced steel struts that...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Set 8 Mid-Century Modern Eames Modernica Shell Dining Chairs Eiffel Tower Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Portland, OR
A good set of eight Eames fiberglass shell chairs with "Eiffel Tower" bases. Each chair having the 'Modernica" logo to the underside, the chairs are in very good condition. Bloomsb...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Transitional Eames Herman Miller, Venice, CA, Shell Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find second generation Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass shell chair. This model was still using the nice heavy solid "X" base, and larger shock mounts. The chair is...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Leather Lounge Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller leather lounge shell chairs. Tan/brown leather upholstered fiberglass shell chairs with woven fabric upholstered seat cushion. The chairs swivel on a...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Yellow Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in yellow, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Gleaming shells are in original condition, each with a distinct thready ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Charles Eames for Herman Miller DSX Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Garnerville, NY
Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass DSX shell chair. Circa 1970. Retains all it's plastic glides. Shock mounts are in good condition with no visible drying or cracking. Struct...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Steel

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Brown Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We have eleven original 1960s Eames fiberglass shell chairs with original H bases. Narrow mount. Lovely rich brown color. These have their original finish and are gorgeous, gleaming,...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Set of Four Eames for Herman Miller Swivel Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dazzling mid-century set of four padded swivel chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The fiberglass shells are upholstered in a rare geometric black and white print with...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Set of 8 Mid Century Modern Mustard Yellow Dowel Base Eames Dining Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Lafayette, IN
Fantastic set of original vintage fiberglass shell chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Chairs feature a rare "Dijon Mustard" color and gorgeous reproduction dowel bases ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Eames for Herman Miller Ochre Yellow Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs on Maple Dowel Base, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These distinctly thready vintage shells have a muted mustard ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

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Fiberglass Shell For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic fiberglass shell available at 1stDibs. Each fiberglass shell for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using plastic, fiberglass and metal. Find 257 options for an antique or vintage fiberglass shell now, or shop our selection of 11 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a fiberglass shell — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A fiberglass shell made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Charles Eames each produced at least one beautiful fiberglass shell that is worth considering.

How Much is a Fiberglass Shell?

Prices for a fiberglass shell can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $245 and can go as high as $32,071, while the average can fetch as much as $1,450.

Materials: Plastic Furniture

Arguably the world’s most ubiquitous man-made material, plastic has impacted nearly every industry. In contemporary spaces, new and vintage plastic furniture is quite popular and its use pairs well with a range of design styles.

From the Italian lighting artisans at Fontana Arte to venturesome Scandinavian modernists such as Verner Panton, who created groundbreaking interiors as much as he did seating — see his revolutionary Panton chair — to contemporary multidisciplinary artists like Faye Toogood, furniture designers have been pushing the boundaries of plastic forever.

When The Graduate's Mr. McGuire proclaimed, “There’s a great future in plastics,” it was more than a laugh line. The iconic quote is an allusion both to society’s reliance on and its love affair with plastic. Before the material became an integral part of our lives — used in everything from clothing to storage to beauty and beyond — people relied on earthly elements for manufacturing, a process as time-consuming as it was costly.

Soon after American inventor John Wesley Hyatt created celluloid, which could mimic luxury products like tortoiseshell and ivory, production hit fever pitch, and the floodgates opened for others to explore plastic’s full potential. The material altered the history of design — mid-century modern legends Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo and Eero Saarinen regularly experimented with plastics in the development of tables and chairs, and today plastic furnishings and decorative objects are seen as often indoors as they are outside.

Find vintage plastic lounge chairs, outdoor furniture, lighting and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.