Eames DSW Chair Made from Fiberglass
The Eames Chairs DSW (Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base) was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 for the 'International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design'. It won second prize and went into production shortly afterwards. The organically shaped seat was initially made of polyester resin reinforced with fibreglass, which proved to be particularly easy to shape, comfortable and pleasant to the touch. With this new material for the furniture industry, the designers succeeded in bringing a unique seat shell with a timeless design onto the market.
Original Eames chair
At the beginning of the 90s, however, the production of fibreglass shells was discontinued for ecological reasons. Instead, the seat shells were now made of polypropylene. Many design lovers, however, noticed right from the start that the charm of the chairs is mainly due to the visible glass fibres in the material. Thanks to improved manufacturing processes, Vitra now returns years later to the roots of the DWS and offers the chair again in polyester resin with fibreglass reinforcement in some of the original colours.
The basis is the typical four-legged wooden frame in different versions with filigree metal struts. Together with the fibreglass shell, it creates a harmonious mix of materials that blends perfectly into any ambience - be it the dining table at home, in restaurants, canteens or even public waiting areas.