Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair ~ The Side takes the Front

We are back to the Eames Molded Plastic Chair. My previous post focused on the Armchair variant of Eameses’ iconic creation in the 50s. We shall now put our attention to a smaller brother without the armrests, the side chair. Herman Miller named the Eames Plastic chairs slightly differently from Vitra. Herman Miller coined it the Eames Molded Plastic Chair while Vitra simply calls it the Eames Plastic Chair. Both manufacturers produces the same quality plastic chair from polypropylene and they are equally authentic. As touched on (pun intended) in my previous post, replicas of the Eames Plastic Chairs have poorer finishings, with a rough plastic surface compared to the authentic productions from Herman Miller and Vitra. The shape tough, are very close.

Available in Several Colours, the DSW is an Eye Candy.

The Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair in focus today comes without the armrests, with the same leg variations as per the armchair (except the RAR which is unique to the Armchair variant). The Dining Height Side Chair Rod Base (DSR), Dining Height Side Chair Wood (DSW) and the Dining Height Side Chair X-Base (DSX) all have their counterparts in the armchair version of Charles and Ray Eameses’ mastery. The DSR even have another name which its is famously known as, the “Eiffel” Chair. I guess the complex crisscrossing wire-rod legs resembles the Eiffel Tower and gave the DSR variant this name. The Eames DSR is considered one of the most well-known and popular mid-century design in the Modern Classic Era by Charles and Ray Eames.

Upholstered DSW looks Thicker and more Comfortable.

The Mastery of Charles and Ray Eames in the design of the Eame Plastic Side DSR, had earned the recognition of Contemporary Maestro such as Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet whom had recently combined 3 iconic shapes of dining chairs into one chair for Kartell. The result is the Kartell Masters Chair. This chair puts the outline of 3 iconic dining chairs all into one. Charles and Ray Eames’ Eiffel Chair takes one of it’s deserved place in this innovative design.

Kartell Masters Chair – with the Eiffel Chair taking one of the Spots of the Masters.

Having sat in the Eames Plastic Side Chair DSR, I find the chair fitting and comfortable. The bucket shaped seat holds you in position well and gives a feeling of sitting “In” the seat rather than “On” the seat. Personally, I like such chairs as it gives a contoured comfort. Afterall, our butts are not flat and contours will most certainly improves sitting comfort over extended periods. I guess Charles and Ray Eames put in the same design philosophy from their Molded Plywood Chairs, most notably, the Lounge Chair Wood that had being hailed by Time Magazine as the Best Design of the 20th Century. It was this contoured comfort on a hard shell that wins Eames Lounge Chair Wood this accolade and sitting on the DSR certainly feels comfortable, although not as comfortable as the Molded Plywood Chairs.

The DSW is very suitable for Minimalism, especially Blue in a Canvas of White.

To further enhance the comfort levels of the Plastic Side Chairs, Herman Miller and Vitra even upholstered the chairs with a palette of fun colours. For now, I will leave you with the brilliant picture I found on Vitra and Herman Miller’s websites. Have fun!

Upholstered Versions of the DSW.

 The Gathering of the Family of Dowel Legs.

Great for the Diners.

Most of the Pictures are from Vitra and Herman Miller Sites. The DSW looks Perfect.


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