screw this

Friday, 20 January 2012

The restoration is coming along nicely, thank you for asking!  We bid farewell and good riddance to the demon adhesive some time ago, whereupon we promptly rewarded our efforts by downing tools.  But hey, there's no rest for the wicked.  As you'll know if you follow us over on twitter, we managed to bag ourselves a H base long before we had a shell to go with it.  Now we have the shell, but uh-oh, no screws to attach the former to the latter, or the latter to the former - whichever!  Enter Modern Conscience, who happen to have a vintage bases, spares and parts department.  So far, so good ...... but golly, their screw selection was mind-boggling. Knowing little about our shell and next to nothing - OK, nothing - about which set of screws we required, we took a quick pic of the mounts and fired it across to the extremely helpful folk at Modern Conscience - and their response was just the ticket:

"Lovely example, probably early 60's. I love the little Herman Miller logo on the mounts. The square impressions in the mounts mean that this was originally a rocker.  Fine thread screws are what you want .... the basic vintage fine thread version is the most likely one to have been on your seat originally."

We were sold and placed our order tout suite.  The screws arrived in one piece, so to speak, and looked all the better for their 4,500 mile journey.  And yeap, they fit ...... yeee-ha!  So, there you have it - one original shell with its original shock mounts, four vintage screws and an original Herman Miller H base ...... let's just hope the base aligns with the mounts!


  1. I have bought from Modern Conscience too, and the experience was wonderful. I can't wait to see how everything comes together. Thanks for the great title today, by the way.

  2. First off: I love love love modern conscience. So helpful and patient...and always willing to spread their infinite Eames know-how.

    Yay! I'm oh so nerdy about the lovely HM logo in the shock. So cool!

    Glad to see your restore is well underway! I finally got my chair completely stripped, also...thinking a good fine sanding is up next before Penetrol. I would be lying if I said I didn't take out some anger on that job!!! I still need to get you some pictures of my work in progress... : )

    1. We're hoping this year we might get a snazzy Christmas card from Modern Conscience, although they were kind enough to enclose a packet of 'Grapehead' fruit candy with the screws! When the restoration is complete and we get to sit on our new old chair for the first time, we'll munch on the candy to celebrate!



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