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Black Bamboo Offers a Design Icon with a Greener Footprint

The Eames Shell Chair gets an eco-friendly makeover.

If you’re a fan of modern design, the molded Eames shell chair needs no introduction. First introduced in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the now-iconic design was originally produced in fiberglass and was the first mass-produced plastic chair. Sales continued until the 1980s, when production was halted due to the discovery of the environmental risks associated with fiberglass, and resumed when a safer polypropylene version was introduced in 2000.

Those who think the plastic version can’t compare to the looks of the original will be happy to hear the chairs are once again available in fiberglass—and thanks to a new production process, they’re now more eco-friendly. The new fiberglass doesn’t emit harmful gases or particles, is fully recyclable and is offered in its nine original colors.

The revamped classic Eames shell chair ($399 to $628, depending on style) is available to order from Black Bamboo in the Crossroads.