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

Eames Plastic Chairs

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

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

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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