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DSW | Chair with integrated cushion

Polypropylene chair with integrated cushion

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DSW | Chair with integrated cushion By Vitra

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Polypropylene chair with integrated cushion

Materials

Polypropylene (PP)

Manufacture year
1950

DSW model  has a non-stackable wooden base in various shades of maple or honey-toned ash, stained and lacquered finish.‎ Steel rod cross struts in basic dark.‎ (DSW = Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base).‎

'Getting the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least': with these words, Charles and Ray Eames described one of their main goals as furniture designers.‎ None of their other designs come as close to achieving this ideal as the Plastic Chairs.‎ 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.‎
The Eameses recognised and fully exploited the advantages of the material: 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.‎ 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.‎

The Eames Plastic Chairs also introduced a new furniture typology that has since become widespread: the multifunctional chair whose shell can be joined with a variety of different bases to serve diverse purposes.‎ 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 Eames Plastic Chairs in polypropylene, while those of the Eames Fiberglass Chairs are produced in glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin.‎ There is also a wide choice of bases and shell colours, along with upholstery options for some models.‎ This allows customers to specify countless different combinations and to use the chairs in the widest range of settings – from dining rooms, living rooms and home offices to office workspaces and conference rooms; from restaurants and cafés to break rooms and cafeterias; from waiting areas and auditoriums to terraces and gardens.‎
In 2016, Vitra added roughly 20 mm to the base height of the Eames Plastic Chairs DSX, DAX, DSR, DAR, DSW and DAW while adapting the seat geometry accordingly.‎ 

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