Trashpicking Triumph! 1957 Herman Miller Shell Chair!

by | Oct 14, 2010 | THRIFT

Herman Miller Shell Chair

…Or near triumph, anyway. Yesterday, I drove past this 1957 Herman Miller Shell chair in someone’s trash. Got about 3 blocks away and the quintessential midcentury silhouette wouldn’t leave me alone. Turned around. Cast the baby car seat off to one side of the loyal Matrix. Loaded this puppy in (with its original date stamp and mfgr. tag intact) and was off.

Now the question is, how best to restore it? Get the fabulous Philadelphia upholsterer Anthony Cocco to restitch the Naugahyde? Have him replace it with a more contemporary fabric? Strip it down to the cool-textured fiberglas base? The chair is in excellent condition — sound frame, no chips in fiberglas. I can barely stand myself.

Advice, please, oh wise hivemind!!