Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair, Dowel Base



Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

By developing a safe process for molding fiberglass-reinforced plastic, we were able to return the original Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair to its admiring audience. With wooden dowel legs, this Eames design makes an ideal modern dining chair.


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Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair, Dowel Base

Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair, Dowel Base

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Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair, Dowel Base


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Packaging Dimensions:
22" x 22" x 32"
Package Weight:
21 lbs.
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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.


For normal cleaning, wash fiberglass-reinforced polyester surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners.

For removing scuff marks and stubborn dirt, use a soft bristle brush with detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean soft cloth. After cleaning or if finish appears dull, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. Do not use abrasive cleaners that may damage the finish.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don't place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it's in a water-tight container or in a drip tray. Don't let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with "rubber" cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

Seating Fabrics

For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric as needed, using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

User Adjustments
Total Height 31.25"
Seat Height 17.5"
Width 18.75"
Depth 21.75"


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Eternal design
The design is nice and forever as well as comfortability.
December 28, 2018
7 months ago
Perfect dining chair
There is a reason this design has been going steady for so long. High quality construction, attractive and timeless. I am an engineer and appreciate things that are made properly. Comfortable and easy to clean too.
September 15, 2018
10 months ago
Beware of the parchment color
We own two fiberglass Eames chairs, the orange and the parchment, both with wooden legs. The orange chair is beautiful. It was the first we bought and we love it. You can clearly see the white fiberglass speckles, the seat is smooth and shiny. When we ordered the parchment fiberglass I was disappointed. The seat is not smooth to the touch at all, it's actually quite rough, and it's almost impossible to see the fiberglass speckles. I was convinced that there must have been a problem during production with the chair we got, which looked more like the plastic version than parchment, and we were actually able to exchange it for another one. It turns out the second one is just like the first -- not smooth, not shiny. I know each chair is unique, but I am surprised by how different the orange and the parchment are and would not recommend purchasing the fiberglass chair in the parchment color. Had I known before we would have gone with yellow or blue to continue our collection.
July 25, 2017
Almost great
Chair had a visibly rough edge/blemish on the top of the back rest. Given the location of the blemish, I don't believe it was damaged in transport. Packaging was quite good. At this price point, I expected a higher level of finishing and quality control at the factory.

So I would recommend this chair if you like the aesthetics, US manufacture, and like the brand--but with the following: lower your expectations.
July 21, 2017

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is this chair adequate height for dining table
A shopper on Mar 22, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, the Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair would be a great fit for a standard height dining table (28.5"-30" table height). The seat height is universal across the different base options at 16.25" from the floor to the highest part of the seat. The backrest height, also the same no matter the base type, is 31.75" from the floor to the top of the backrest.

Please let us know if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Are replacement feet available for this chair?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2016
Best Answer: We recommend working with an Authorized Dealer in you're area who would be happy to help find the feet / glides your looking for. To find the Authorized Dealer closest to you, please follow this link: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you need further assistance, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
Can a new base be installed on an original fiberglass shell?

I own 5 of the original fiberglass chairs with the stacking base and was wondering if I can order new bases for them. I would like to switch to the wire base.
A shopper on Feb 4, 2016
Best Answer: Most of Herman Millers older fiberglass shells have the same bolt pattern that is compatible with the new bases.

To determine whether your chair is compatible we recommend contacting an Authorized Dealer in your area. To find the Authorized Dealer closest to you, please follow this link: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you need further assistance, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.