|Product type||Multi-purpose chair|
Dimensions in mm
|Colours||Seat shell (new colours 2019)
Seat shell (colours until 2019)
(Further Hopsak colours available on request)
Please note that wood is a natural material. Every base is unique and due to the influence of UV-radiation the colour pigments in the wood change during use.
|Material||Seat shell: Dyed-through polypropylene
Legs: Maple or Ash
Base supports: Round steel, basic dark
Upholstery: Hopsak (100% polyamide)
|Variants||Optionally available with seat upholstery or full upholstery, edge reinforcement (piping) see picture.
Available with glides for carpets or felt pads for hard floors
(Please note: All bases are equipped with black glides/pads. White glides/pads can be ordered separately.)
|Functions & Properties||Not stackable|
|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:
contains up to 14% recycled material
Vitra conform to
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
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.
|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 the picture for detailed information (ca. 2,7 MB).
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. Bases of the original height (41 cm) are still available as spare parts 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.
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".
Through the establishment of new manufacturing processes and materials Charles and Ray Eames were responsible on more than on occassion for small revolutions in history of furniture design. One such example is the Eames Plastic Chair Collection, a series of chairs originally developed for the Museum of Modern Art in New York's 1948 "International Competition for Low Cost Furniture" competition and which today can be found in all important museum collections. And untold homes. Created from the, then, new material of fibreglass Charles and Ray Eames achieved with their plastic armchairs and plastic side chairs affordable, mass producible chair that perfectly conformed to the spirit of late 1940s America. And chairs which eloquently meet Charles and Ray Eames central aim with heir designs, namely