PRODUCTS ROOMS Manufacturers & Designers Highlights Offers Info Stores

Eames Plastic Chairs - Now Made from Recycled Plastic

Eames Plastic Side Chair RE DSW
Eames Plastic Armchair RE DAW
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE DSR
Eames Plastic Armchair RE RAR
Eames Plastic Armchair RE DAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE DSX
Eames Plastic Armchair RE PACC
Eames Plastic Armchair RE DAX
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE DSS
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE PSCC
Eames Plastic Armchair RE DAL
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE DSR Duotone
DSW Promotion Set of 4
Eames Plastic Armchair RE LAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair RE LSR
RAR with Upholstery

Eames Plastic Chairs

Material update 2024: The Vitra Eames Plastic Chairs in a new sustainable look

The Eames Plastic Chairs perfectly embody Charles and Ray Eames' design principle, "The most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least" and since 2024 are available in a sustainable material update .

The Eames Plastic Chairs RE are available in various colour variants, the lighter shades of which contain fine specks of pigment that are almost invisible to the naked eye and which enhance the characteristic material properties. The EPC RE designation identifies these new models, with some of the previous colours being replaced by new nuances.

The recycled material for the Eames Plastic Chairs comes from German households and is collected via the “Yellow Bag” packaging recycling system. In comparison with conventional materials this novel material is responsible for lower climate-damaging emissions and employs less primary energy. The seat shells of the Eames Plastic Chairs RE can be fully recycled at the end of their service life, supporting the material cycle and minimizes environmental impact.

With this innovative material, Vitra not only sets an example for sustainable design, but also for the integration of environmental awareness into aesthetic design.

New green color variant made from recycled plastic: Vitra DSX RE Chair in emerald green

Eames Plastic Chairs in the sustainable RE version, timelessly beautiful as they have always been

The new generation of Eames Plastic Chairs RE:

Want to learn more about the new Eames Plastic Chairs RE? In the Vitra brochure you will find all the details. Simply Download and explore!

Revolutionary chair design

For many years Charles & Ray Eames busied themselves with the search for a seat form which perfectly adapts to the human body. Following various attempts with plywood and sheet aluminium the pair finally returned to fibreglass, a material which Charles Eames, together with Eero Saarinen, had employed for their Organic Chair - also known as Conversation Chair - an object created in context of the 1940 "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art, MoMA. However, it was only towards the end of the 1940s that production technology was advanced enough to allow fibreglass chairs to be produced economically and in large numbers. In 1950 the Eames fibreglass chair shells were released on to the market in two forms, the A-shell with armrests and the S-shell without: at that time a revolution, today a much loved design classic.

Eames Wire Chair

The true genius of Charles and Ray Eames however was to be revealed in the next step. After forming the shells the designer pair created a range of interchangeable bases: the rod base (four-leg frame with wire struts), wooden base (wood frame), X-base (four-legged steel tube frame) and cast base (five-star base in die-cast aluminium with wheels). In 1955 the collection was expanded with a stackable base. Thus Charles and Ray Eames created a chair family in which the base can be selected to match location and intended function while the seat retains the same familiar, comfortable, shell form.

Original Eames Chair from Vitra

Rocking Chair Eames RAR

Vitra and the Eames Chairs

In 1992 both Herman Miller and Vitra discontinued production of the fibreglass shells and switched production to polypropylene: design and form remained the same, however the environmental impact of production and waste disposal was greatly reduced.

For waiting room or an outside event...

When in 1957 Vitra acquired the license to produce the works of Charles and Ray Eames in Europe, the fibreglass chair collection was already well on its way to becoming a genuine classic of 20th century furniture design.

With their high, flexible backs, deep seat profiles and waterfall front edges the Vitra Eames chairs collection provide for an extremely comfortable sitting experience - be it for a few minutes in the office, a little longer over lunch or the duration of an evening concert.

With the Vitra plastic chair family Charles and Ray Eames achieved one of their principle design goals: "The most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least."

The Eames Plastic Chairs DSR at a Garden Party

Charles and Ray Eames also designed a simple nomenclature for their new fibreglass chair collection. The Eames DSR chair, for example, stands for Dining height Side chair Rod base - the DSW for Dining height Side chair Wood base. Both chairs have the same S-shell, but different bases. Likewise, the nature of the DSX, PACC or DAW can be derived from the name. The letter A in the name of a chair means Armchair, i. e. the shell has armrests. The letter c in the name of a chair has two meanings: Cast Base and on Castors. To understand the full name of the Eames chairs, scroll down this page.

Eames Plastic Chair PACC from Vitra is with its wheels ideal for working at a desk

Eames Plastic Chairs are suitable for outside according to the model

Vitra DSW with Soft Pad

DSW upholstered

Beautiful table with all models of the Eames Pastic Chairs and Eames Fiberglass Chairs

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

The Vitra Eames Plastic Chairs: An Overview

Eames Side Chairs

Vitra Eames DSR
DSR: Dining Height Side Chair Rod Base

Vitra Eames DSR

Vitra Eames DSX
DSX: Dining Height Side Chair X-Base

Vitra Eames DSX

Vitra Eames DSW
DSW: Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base

Vitra Eames DSW

Vitra Eames PSCC
PSCC: Pivot Side Chair Cast Base on Castors

Vitra Eames PSCC

Vitra Eames DSS-N / DSS
DSS-N/DSS: Dining Height Side Chair Stacking Base

Vitra Eames DSS-N / DSS

Eames Armchairs

Vitra Eames DAR
DAR: Dining Height Armchair Rod Base

Vitra Eames DAR

Vitra Eames DAX
DAX: Dining Height Armchair X-Base

Vitra Eames DAX

Vitra Eames DAW
DAW: Dining Height Armchair Wooden Base

Vitra Eames DAW

Vitra Eames PACC
PACC: Pivot Armchair Cast Base on Castors

Vitra Eames PACC

Vitra Eames RAR
RAR: Rocking Armchair Rod Base

Vitra Eames RAR