The chairs are offered with richly grained birch veneer in bright colors that recall the times when the chairs were introduced. The environmentally friendly aniline stains we use allow the wood’s natural characteristics to show through. The chairs are also available in natural cherry, walnut, and light ash. In their search for a better way, Charles and Ray Eames developed an innovative technique for molding plywood. The process allowed them to bend wood in new directions and give hard materials a soft look. The contours the molding process creates out of plywood fit the body’s shape. The plywood has five plies, with hardwood inner plies. Natural rubber shock mounts absorb movement.