Does Herman Miller Make Their Own Chair Base?
This questions is directed more towards the Eames bases. I know that modernica makes bases that fit the Eames chairs, but I was wondering if you could purchase one directly from the factory?
Vitra manufactures all the...
Vitra manufactures all the shell chairs in Euope for Herman Miller (they are contracted to do so). Unfortunately, you cannot buy just a base from Herman Miller. I've contacted them before. Your best bet is to try to buy vintage, or Modernica -
Modernica vs Herman Miller
Here is a comparison of chairs made by Modernica and Herman Miller. You can see that current design of the Eiffel base from HM is not near close to original. It seems that they simplified the technological process and all lines are incorrect. Their base is not proportional with the shell and looks very odd.
As I understand
The bases were widened for improved stability. But we all agree that it looks terrible. If one were so inclined, one could procure the base from a side shell and put it on an arm shell.
Personally, I much prefer the nylon self-leveling glides over the type that Modernica uses (copy of first generation HM).
edited on 14-Sep-12 06:00 PM 
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