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Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 — from 385,00 €
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Produced today by Vitra the Eames DSW side chair emerged in 1950 as part of the Eames plastic chair collection for the MoMA Design Competition "International Competition for Low Cost Furniture". With its warm wooden base, the DSW is one of the most popular members of the Eames' chair family, a family whose one-piece plastic seat shells helped revolutionise furniture design. 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.

AN ICON AS A GIFT: BUY SIX EAMES SHELL CHAIRS, RECEIVE A FREE LAR
Purchase any six Eames Shell Chairs in one order between November 1st 2019 and January 31st 2020, and receive, as our gift to you, an Eames Plastic Armchair LAR (non-upholstered) of your choice. You can combine the colours, versions and materials of the Eames Chairs, simply note in the comment box at the end of your order which Eames LAR version you would like. Your wish is our command!

Details

Product type Multi-purpose chair
Dimensions

Original seat height:
1: Height 81 cm
2: Width 46,5 cm
3: Depth 55 cm
4: Seat height 41 cm

New seat height:
1: Height 83 cm
2: Width 46,5 cm
3: Depth 55 cm
4: Seat height 43 cm
Colours Seat shell (new colours 2019)
12 Deep black
83 Sea blue
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

Seat shell (colours until 2019)
31 Basic dark
35 Basalt
21 Ocean
89 Oxide red
28 Classic red
25 Mauve grey
94 Moss grey
30 Creme

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)
Base
Black maple
Dark maple
Yellow maple
Ash honey coloured

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: fabric 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 & Museum Permanent collection, MoMA, New York
Certificates EN 13761 (Office furniture - Visitor chairs)
EN 1728 (Furniture - Seating - Test methods for the determination of strength and durability)
Sustainability The Vitra Eames DSW is:
100% recyclable
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.
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
Product datasheet Please click on the picture for detailed information (ca. 2,7 MB).

Offer

Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, White, With full upholstery, Red / poppy red, Lower version - classic (41 cm), Yellowish maple
Offer

Popular versions

Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, White, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, White, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Ash honey tone
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Cream, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Ocean, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, White, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Dark maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Ice grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Mauve grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Mustard, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Basic dark, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Basalt grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Dark maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Ice grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Ash honey tone
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Ocean, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Ash honey tone
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Basalt grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Cream, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Ash honey tone
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Basalt grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Ash honey tone
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Moss grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Mustard, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Dark maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Mauve grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Dark maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Red (poppy red), Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Yellowish maple
Offer 6 + LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Basalt grey, Without upholstery, Without upholstery, Standard version - 43 cm, Black maple
Offer 6 + LAR

FAQ

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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 a Vitra Eames DSW support?

The Vitra Eames DSW meets the "GS" test standards and is tested up to 110kg. The way in which the chair is used is also important. Swinging, for example, causes a higher strain which can reduce the chairs lifetime.

Which colour are the wooden legs?

The Eames DSW wooden legs are stained maple. They were previously available in a red tone; however, since 2009 they have been produced in a yellow tone. In 2013 Vitra introduced a dark maple and a black maple versions

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.

Can upholstery be added to an non-upholstered seat shell?

The Hopsack seat cushion is fixed to the seat shell with screws. For both the Eames side chair and Eames armchairs seat cushions can be ordered from Vitra, attaching this does however require special tools and is a job for specially trained technicians. As an alternative (smow) offer cushions from Parkhaus which have been specially created to fit the Eames plastic chair series.

The fully upholstered version is composed of a formed polyurethane foam shell covered with the textile Hopsack.
The full upholstered seat shell is produced as follows:
The foam cushion is glued to the seat shell. The welting is heated and stitched to the cover, this complete unit is then heated. The cover is then fixed to the foam cushion and the welting bound to the seat shell. Through cooling the welting attaches itself firmly to the shell. Consequently it is not possible to fully upholster an unupholstered chair.

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 Design

With their furniture designs Charles and Ray Eames wanted nothing less than "the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least". Ideals to be found in their plastic chair series, including the DSW. Realised in context of the Museum of Modern Art New York's "International Competition for Low Cost Furniture" the plastic chair series, including the DSW entered production in 1950 through Herman Miller. In addition to its consequent combination of comfort, aesthetic and affordability, the Eames chairs are beloved for their flexibility. Available with armrests (armchair) or without armrests (side chair) and with a rod base, wood base, X base, stacking base, cast base on castors or as a rocking rod base. And from these combinations one constructs the name: the abbreviation DSW stands for Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base.

A rainbow to sit on. The Eames DSW in its multi-coloured glory

Production

Ray and Charles Eames originally designed the Plastic Side Chairs and Plastic Armchairs from the then unknown fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin. The chairs were the first serially produced synthetic chairs in furniture history. The Eames' chairs were distributed by the American furniture producer Herman Miller and brought to Europe via Willi and Erika Fehlbaum with their very young company Vitra; before a few decades later, the then still revolutionary material, began to be considered ecologically untenable. The sustainable acting enterprise Vitra drew the consequences and stopped the production of the Eames plastic Chairs from fiber glass in 1993. It was not until 1999 or 2004, when production from recyclable polypropylene was possible, that the Swiss company included the Eames Chairs back in their range. In the US Eames DSW et al have since been made from more ecological polypropylene via Herman Miller. Thanks to the latest high-tech production methods, since 2018 Vitra has again been able to produce the Eames Fiberglass Chairs in their original material.

Vitra has been producing the DSW and other Eames Plastic Chairs since the 1990s in an environmentally friendly process using polypropylene

Designer

Charles and Ray Eames met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where Ray Kaiser helped the architect students Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen with their preparations for the New York Museum of Modern Art's "Organic Furniture Competition" The following year the pair married. And in the following decades were to become one of the most prod