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Vitra Eames DSW
The Vitra Eames DSW Plastic Side Chair, designed by American duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1950, has become one of the most popular chairs of the 20th century.
It was originally produced in collaboration with Zenith Plastics for the MOMA’s Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition, and later became the world’s first industrially manufactured plastic chair.
Charles and Ray were dedicated to the mid-century ethos of providing good quality, affordable design to the masses, and thus spent much of their careers experimenting with different materials and manufacturing methods. It was in this experimental wave that the DSW was first established.
The duo liked the idea of the chairs seat being a shell that was moulded to the body – thereby making upholstery an unnecessary element. This also fitted in well with their modern approach to design.
The DSW is part of a large collection of chairs designed by the Eames’ in the mid 1900s. Its name is made up of the initials that describe its characteristics – D refers to dining chair, S refers to side chair, and the W refers to the wood of its legs.
The DSW’s seat shell is made from hardwearing polypropylene and has steel struts in black with solid maple legs. It measures W46 x D55 x H81cm, with a seat height 41cm.
It is available in a number of colours, many which reflect the mid-century modern era in which it was first produced.
You can buy licensed original Vitra DSW Eames Plastic Side Chairs here at Nest in a large selection of colours.
The colour of the DSW featured is Poppy Red.