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Prototype Family Seating Shell

This unique prototype shell comes from the collection of a former Eames Office employee. Developed around the same time as the Tandem Shell Seating, Charles and Ray designed this shell as a seating option to accommodate entire families; however the model never went into production. The shell was hand-shaped and molded on site at the Eames Office and bears a pencil mark made by Charles to indicate where the seat depth should be adjusted. A similar prototype, in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, featuring a straight back and aluminum legs, can be found here.