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Eames Plastic Side Chair DSS

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 — from 229,08 €
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In rank and file: Thanks to leg mounted connectors the Eames DSS-N can be assembled in neat, orderly rows, thus making the Vitra chair particularly suitable for public places, event locations or lecture halls. And for situations where a formal alignment of the chairs is not so important, the DSS has the same design, but without the connector. In close cooperation with the Eames Office, Vitra developed and launched a colour update in 2019, an adaptation which allows the the Eames Plastic Chairs to shine in a world of new shades and combinations.


Product type Multi-purpose chair

Height: 81 cm
Width: 60 cm
Depth: 55 cm
Seat height: 41 cm, with full upholstery 43 cm
Colours Seat shell (new colours 2019)
12 Deep black
56 Granite grey
48 Forest
42 Green
34 Mustard
26 Sunlight
43 Rusty orange
03 Red (poppy red)
41 Pale rose
11 Pebble
24 Light grey
23 Ice grey
04 White

Upholstery Hopsak
66 Nero
05 Dark grey
77 Nero / forest
73 Petrol / moor brown
22 Navy blue / dark grey
82 Ice blue / moor brown
23 Nero / ivory
80 Warmgrey / moor brown
88 Cognac / ivory
65 Coral / poppyred
19 Mustard / dark grey
18 Mustard / ivory
16 Yellow / ivory
87 Ivory / forest
86 Mint / forest
20 Green / ivory
81 Ice blue / ivory
79 Warmgrey / ivory

(Further Hopsak colours available on request)
Material Seat shell: batch-dyed polypropylene
Upholstery: Polyurethane foam
Covers: Hopsak (100% polyamide)
Legs: Steel tubing
Variants DSS (with connectors for row building) or DSS-N (without connectors)
Available with or without full upholstery, edge reinforcement (piping) see picture.
Available with gliders for either hard floors or carpeting
Function & properties Rows can be built via the connectors
Care For cleaning the plastic elements always use a soft, damp cloth and a mild detergent. Dust and fluff can be vacuumed, marks are best treated with a soft, damp cloth and a mild detergent. Professional cleaning should be undertaken with the chair fully assembled and using upholstery foam or with a professional cleaning machine.
Awards & museum MoMA, New York
Certificates & Sustainability EN 13761 (Office furniture - Visitor chairs)
EN 1728 (Furniture - Seating - Test methods for the determination of strength and durability)

Vitra conform to
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)

The Vitra Eames DSS is:
100% recyclable
contains up to 14% recycled material

Vitra extends the repair and service offer for the Eames Fiberglass Chair and Eames Plastic Chairs and introduces a take-back programme, which will ensure proper recycling of the chairs at the end of their life cycle.
Warranty 24 months
Accessories Suitable Seat Pad for Eames Side Chairs and Leather Seat Pads by Parkhaus Berlin or Seat Dots by Vitra
Product family Eames Plastic Chairs
Datasheet Please click on the picture for detailed information (ca. 2,7 MB).
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How much weight can the Eames Plastic Chairs support?

The Vitra Eames Plastic Chairs are tested to 110 kg and so meet the "GS" test standard. Just as important as the weight however are the users sitting habits. Swinging on the hind legs, for example, caused a very high load which can dramatically shorten the life.

Can one add cushions to an unupholstered chair?

The Hopsak seat cushions are bolted to the seat shell. Separate seat cushions for the Eames Side Chairs and Armchairs can be ordered from Vitra; however, special tools are required for the retrofit of the seat cushion. As an alternatively we can offer felt seat cushions from Park House in different colours and with different levels of padding.

How is the seat height measured?

The seat height is determined according to the European standard EN 1335-1. This states that the chair be clamped in a special tester and loaded with a weight. The dimensions are then determined in the loaded state. The seat height being measured at a position defined by the standard and when in the load bearing state. The stated seat height cannot be measured with a conventional measuring device, rather is a normalised comparison value so that different chairs (for example, with and without height adjustment, or with varying thickness of seat cushion, etc.) can be compared with one another.

How do I recognise an original Eames Plastic Chair?

On the underside of the seat shell, the material marking PP indicates the polypropylene used for the shell, a seal certifies the safety of the chair and a sticker indicates the place of manufacture and serial number. In addition, Vitra always supplies the original fully assembled.

Why a 2019 colour update?

The new colour palette allows for more possible combinations and offers a broader spectrum of different colour shades with the delineation into "Natural Tones", "Mid Tones" and "Bright Tones".

Please click on the picture for detailed information about the New Vitra update Colors 2019 (ca. 2,9 MB)

Design Story

The success story of the Swiss furniture company Vitra began in the 1950s with Charles and Ray Eames when company CEO Willi Fehlbaum came across Eames designs on a trip to America and subsequently secured the licensing rights for Europe. In 1948 the future Eames seat shell was presented in context of a competition run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York - and promptly received wide acclaim. Dissatisfied with the formally limited materials of their time, such as aluminium or wood, Ray and Charles Eames experimented with a fibreglass reinforced polyester resin and the subsequent, and revolutionary, Plastic Side Chair family unifying everything that Eames hope to achieve with their furniture designs: high quality products that are affordable for as wide a public as possible. Produced and distributed today by Vitra the popular series of Eames chairs are perfectly suited for situations where flexible, yet comfortable and ergonomic, seating is required. Available in many designs and colours the Eames side chairs all present the same characteristic visual lightness; the peculiarity of the Vitra DSS lies in its frame, which can be coupled via row connectors to DSS chairs. Thus the Vitra DSS is perfect for the construction of stable and straight rows of chairs, and thus is especially suitable for lecture halls or other multi-purpose venues. Alternatively the Vitra Side Chair is also available as the DSS-N without connector.

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