Dear AT, I found a particular type of Eames chair I had never come across before on a Japanese web site and was wondering if you could give me any information on this piece. They are an Eames Side Chair (with padded fabric shell) and an Eames Arm Chair (with padded fabric shell). Basically I am very interested in finding out info about the padded back shell as opposed to the hard shell you typically see in these chairs. Thanks!! -Veronica
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Dear Veronica, We're actually sitting in a burnt orange padded Eames shell chair as we type this. Ours has wheels (meant for the office), so not exactly like the ones you found on the Japanese web site. What we know: The padded shells are made from wool, and the chair is incredibly comfortable and durable. We found this one (left), similar to the armchair photo you sent in, going for $425 from an online antiques dealer (scroll down to the bottom of the page to find it). We've certainly seen these chairs when scouring antique shops full of modern design, so we'd first recommend checking out a local spot like BAM (and it never hurts to keep an eye on eBay). Anyone else??