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Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Eiffel Tower Base
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
With a clean, simple form sculpted to fit the body, the Molded Plastic Chair with Eiffel Tower Base was first presented at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. The classic Eames molded plastic side chair with wire base remains popular today for cafeterias, home offices, and dining areas. A clean, simple form sculpted to fit the body. Shells are recyclable polypropylene. The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use. For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts.
The most creative and intricate base available for these chairs is the wire base, often called the Eiffel base after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The reason it's called that is obvious when you see the chair; the legs taper upwards until they join near the seat, then expand back out. In between the legs of the chairs wire designs criss-cross and join together. While the look is certainly not a copy of the Eiffel tower, the associations between the towers of the legs and the connecting wires are clear.
Like the Eiffel Tower, this particular base is notable mainly for the way it looks and not for its function. It's clearly a monument to design, creativity, and re-imagined modes of support, in the same way that the tower is a monument to architecture, creative freedom and a new century. This model (DSR) of the chair is more expressive than the four legged version, more eye-catching and beautiful.
See the entire Eames Shell Chair Collection.
What's To Like:
While it has all the ganging and stacking capabilities that the four legged version has, it's not reserved, and is therefore not as perfectly suited to the task of filling auditoriums and schools. This is a more stylish chair and if often fits better in more stylish locales, like the home and the office. The wire base, the Eiffel base, is the most showy and intricate of the Eames Molded Plastic Chairs, and it looks absolutely beautiful.
What's Not to Like:
If we're being picky, it is possible that those who are taller won't feel as comfortable in this chair as they would in others. If you're not tall, this shouldn't be a concern. It all depends on your body type, but if you're shorter than 5'10" you'll more than likely find the chair comfortable.
The Bottom Line:
This is the type of chair you could use at a desk, at a kitchen table, or in the living room. It's beautiful, bold and fun, and the base is a big reason that feeling exudes from the chair.
- Overall: 31.5" h x 18" w x 21.5" d
- Seat height: 16.25"
- Recyclable polypropylene shell
- For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts
- The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use
The Herman Miller Molded Plastic Side Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: DSR.
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