by Charles en Ray Eames
Open up a random interior design magazine and chances are
you will find a picture of the Plastic Armchairs by Eames. This is not that
strange, because it is a true design classic. Thanks to the huge array of
available colours and versions, it can be made to fit almost anyone’s taste.
The first in the chair series made of synthetic material have one thing in
common: their organically shaped plastic seat shells. As soon as the shell has
an under-carriage, the chair is given its name:
DAR = Dining Height Armchair R-Wire Base
DAW = Dining Height Armchair Wooden Base
RAR = Rocking Armchair Rod Base
PACC = Pivot Armchair Cast Base on Castors
DAX = Dining Height Armchair X-Base
DAL = Dining Height Armchair La Fonda Base
There is also a traverse version, with a maximum of 5 seats
for use in waiting areas and airports.
The Eames couple presented the Plastic Armchair during
competition Low Coast Furniture Design, organised by the Museum of Modern Art
in New York in 1948 for the first time. The chairs are still being produced in
their original form, except nowadays in a environment friendly polypropylene.
The earlier models were made from glass fibre enriched synthetic material.
With the exception of the RAR, the chairs are also available with textile
upholstery for the seat in five different colours.