When Charles and Ray Eames introduced the Eames molded plastic side chair in the mid-20th century, plastic was the only viable choice for mass production due to the complexity of the chair’s curves. Three-dimensional technology that gives wood veneer more flexibility has allowed Herman Miller to re-release the chair in molded wood. The chair comes in santos palisander, white ash, and walnut. Dowel- and four-leg base options are available. hermanmiller.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.