...In addition to the metal DAX, wood DAW, rod DAR swivel PACC and rocking RAR bases we know today there was also a version with a single pedestal, a low lounge version - a version which if you ask us must have a place in our contemporary tablet and smartphone centred society - and the most charming bar stool/atelier height wooden legged version which, aside from the fact that the extra long wooden legs give the chair an elegance and balance that the DAW can't come close too emulating, ...
|Product type||Multi-purpose chair|
Dimensions in mm
|Material||Seat shell: Dyed-through polypropylene
Base: 5 foot base in die-cast aluminium, polished
Seat cushions/Full upholstery: Hopsak (100% polyamide)
|Variants||Optionally available with full upholstery
Available with either glides for carpet floors or felt pads for hard floors
|Functions & Properties||Height adjustable
Maximum load: 110 kg
|Care||To clean the plastic surfaces use a soft, damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent.
Dust and lint can be simply vacuumed. To treat stains use a damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent.
Professional cleaning should be done in the mounted state and the use of a textile foam or using a mobile wash-extraction device.
|Awards & Museums||Permanent collection, MoMA, New York|
|Certificates||GS tested for safety
|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)
|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).
How much weight can the Eames PACC 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 unupholstred 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 retrofitting the seat cushion. As an alternatively we can offer seat cushions from Parkhouse in different colours and with different levels of padding.
What does the abbreviation PACC stand for?
PACC stands for Pivot Armchair Cast Base on Castors
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.
The Eames plastic chairs, including the Eames PACC, belong to those few objects in the history of furniture design that have not only enjoyed a great popularity but effortlessly transform design classics into everyday lifestyle objects. The basic idea for the Eames chair family grew out of a design competition organized in 1950 by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the "International Competition for Low cost Furniture". For their series of moulded fibreglass chairs Ray and Charles Eames were awarded second place. The series consists of Eames armchairs and Eames side chairs, with a range of bases and available in numerous colours. The Vitra PACC combines an Eames A Shell with a chrome plated five-foot base with casters and is with the accompanying PSCC the work horses of the Eames chairs.
Produced since the 1950s by the American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, the Eames plastic chair collection, including the PACC, is of especial importance for the history of the Swiss manufacturer Vitra. In 1953, on a trip to the USA, Vitra's founder Willi and Erika Fehlbaum discovered an Eames chair in a New York showroom and quickly secured the licenses for the production of Eames chairs in Europe. Until the 1990s these were made in the original fibreglass - a material which had given the Eames' a whole new freedom in the shaping of their seat shells. However what had been considered revolutionary in the 50s, was by the 1990s regarded as ecologically hazardous. Fortunately a few years after the production stop Vitra and Herman Miller restarted production of the Eames plastic chairs using the new, recyclable, material polypropylene.
Charles and Ray Eames met in 1940 at Cranbrook Academy of Art: the young university graduate Ray Kaiser had been assigned to assist the architect Charles Eames, and designer Eero Saarinen with their preparations for the "Organic Furniture Competition" at the MoMA, New York. A year later Ray and Charles married and moved to California. Aside from the personal connection the pair were also united by a close professional cooperation. In addition to the Eames DSW, PACC, DSR and numerous other chairs this professional relationship also resulted in an enviable collection movies, toys, graphics and textiles. Even their home, the so-called the Eames House, in Pacific Palisades, California can be understood as part of the overall work of "Charles & Ray Eames". In everything they created, the technical understanding of Charles Eames combined with the styling talents of the painter Ray Eames; a combination which helped the establish the pair as two of the most important protagonists of the modern age. Charles Eames died on August 21, 1978, Ray Eames exactly 10 years later on 21 August 1988.
The period after the Second World War was marked by a general new beginning. Both in Europe and the USA society was modernized by technical achievements and a shift of general values. For the US furniture design industry of particular importance was changing conditions in the housing market: the square meter price rising with increasing demand. The logical consequence was ever-smaller apartments, a situation that required from furniture manufacturers slim, multifunctional furniture. and that at affordable prices. Against this background, the MoMA New York held their Low-cost Furniture Competition for which Charles and Ray Eames designed their plastic chair collection. The Eames plastic chairs were considered to be effective all purpose chair, and quickly found their place in, for example, libraries and schools. And of course domestic spaces. Homes.
Even if the Vitra story is closely associated with the discovery of an Eames chair by Erika and Willi Fehlbaum in 1953, the company history started some years earlier. Established before the Second World War Vitra was initially a construction and carpentry business based Birsfelden, Switzerland. Today the company is based a few kilometres over the Swiss-German, border in Weil am Rhein, where Vitra, in addition to the production of its famous design classics also hosts the Vitra Campus, a who's-who of contemporary architecture, featuring, amongst other delights, the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid or the Petrol Station by Jean Prouvé. Particularly closely associated with Vitra are however Charles and Ray Eames. In addition to releasing regular re-editions of the Eames designs, producing exhibitions to the Eames way of thinking remains a n integral part of the Vitra company philosophy.
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