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DAW Exhibition Piece

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 — 379,00 €
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Only while stock lasts: You can get the white Eames Plastic Armchair DAW from Vitra from our sample stock at a special price. Charles and Ray Eames designed the DAW armchair in 1950 as part of a plastic chair collection. Produced by Vitra, the Eames plastic chairs are the first serially produced plastic chairs in furniture history and are today available with various seats and frames, making them both multi-functional and multi-purpose.


Product type Multi-purpose chair (exhibition piece)

Original seat height:
1: Height 80,5 cm
2: Width 62,5 cm
3: Depth 60 cm
4: Seat height 41,5 cm

New seat height:
1: Height 83 cm
2: Width 63 cm
3: Depth 59 cm
4: Seat height 43 cm
Material Seat shell: Dyed-through polypropylene, white
Legs: Maple
Base supports: Round steel, basic dark
Variants Brand new DAW chairs available in many versions
Available with black glides for carpets
Functions & Properties This chair originates from our display stock and may therefore show slight traces of use
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 & Museums Permanent collection, MoMA, New York
Cerificates EN 13761 (Office furniture - Visitor chairs)
EN 1728 (Furniture - Seating - Test methods for the determination of strength and durability)
Sustainability The Vitra Eames Plastic Armchair is:
100 % recyclable
contains up to 14 % recycled material

Vitra conform to
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
Warranty 24 months
Accessories Suitable Seat Pad for Eames Armchairs and Leather Seat Pad by Parkhaus Berlin or Seat Dots by Vitra
Product family Eames Plastic Chairs
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,0 MB).


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8 am to 6 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

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.

Why is there a new seat height?

Since Charles and Ray Eames designed the chairs the average height of the population has grown by around 10 cm. Therefore, in addition to adjusting the height of the Eames Lounge Chair in 2015, Vitra also adapted the Plastic Chairs (DSW/DAW, DSR/DAR, DSX/DAX) to better meet current user needs. The bases of the chairs are consequently now on average 2 cm higher. The change is minimal and accordingly can only be seen in direct comparison. Chairs of the original height (41 cm) are still available on request.

Which wood colour are the legs?

The wooden legs of the Vitra Eames DAW are stained maple. The old reddish stained version was produced until the end of 2008 and is no longer available. Since 2009 the maple wood has been stained yellow. In 2013 Vitra also released dark maple and black maple versions and in 2016 added a honey stained ash version.

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.

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