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EAMES PLASTIC CHAIRS  

Create your icon! The collection of Plastic Side Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames

offers a multitude of bases, shell colours and upholstery options.


Configure Your Chair on Vitra's website and order it with us!



 

 

CHARLES & RAY EAMES, THE EARLY DAYS


For years, the designer couple explored the fundamental idea of a one-piece seat shell moulded to fit the contours of the human body. After experiments with plywood and sheet aluminium in the 1940s produce unsatisfactory results, their search for alternative materials led them to glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin.


 

 

 

RESEARCH & MATERIAL


The Eames recognised and fully exploited the advantages of the glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin: mouldability, rigidity, pleasant tactile qualities, suitability for industrial manufacturing methods. With this material, which was previously unknown in the furniture industry, they successfully developed the shell designs for serial production. 


 

 

 

THE LAUNCH


After their debut at the ‘Low-Cost Furniture Design’ competition organised by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948, the Plastic Armchair (A-shell) and Plastic Side Chair (S-shell) were launched on the market in 1950 as the very first mass-produced plastic chairs in the history of furniture.

 

 

  

 

NEW  FURNITURE TYPOLOGY


As early as 1950, Charles and Ray Eames presented a series of bases that enabled various sitting positions. An especially striking model is the so-called Eiffel Tower base – an intricate and graceful design made of steel wire that inimitably combines light, elegant forms with structural strength.

 

 

 

  

 

Today Vitra manufactures the comfortable seat shells of the Plastic Side Chairs and Plastic Armchairs in polypropylene, offering a multitude of bases, shell colours and upholstery options. In 2016 Vitra has added approximately 20 mm to the height of the Eames Plastic Chairs DSX, DAX, DSR, DAR, DSW and DAW, while also revising the seat geometry. These modifications, which are aesthetically almost imperceptible, increase the comfort of this classic chair design, especially in combination with contemporary tables.