Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Four-Legged 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 Four-Legged Base was first presented at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948 and was the first plastic chair to be mass produced. The classic Eames molded plastic side chair with 4-leg 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 and legs by rubber shock mounts.
The current model looks exactly the same as the originals. It remains unupholstered, in keeping with the Eameses requirement that materials be expressed honestly and unselfconsciously. In fact, this was the first one-piece plastic chair to be left uncovered.
See the entire Molded Plastic Chair Collection.
What's To Like:
While it doesn't have the intricate base that the Eiffel Tower Base version has, this chair can be ganged together easily, and stacks up to 14 high for easy storage. Combine those features with the most stylish colors available in a plastic chair, and the Eames Molded Plastic Chair comes out on top in any conversation about side chairs.
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 colorful shell is the biggest reason for that.
- Overall: 31.75" h x 18" w x 18.5" d
- Seat height: 18.25"
- Single-piece 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
- 4-legged base, flexible back, waterfall edges and chrome legs
- Stackable up to 14 high for easy storage
- The standard glide is also available with felt to protect hard-surface floors
The Herman Miller Molded Plastic Side Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: DSS.
About the Designer
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plastic chair group and the soft pad chairs. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.
Read the entire design story behind the Molded Plastic Chairs.
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Materials & Measurements
Single-piece shell with waterfall edges and molded polypropylene seat and flexible back. Metal base and legs.
Overall: 31,75" h x 18" w x 18.5" d
Seat height: 18.25"
See the Molded Plastic Chair Colors page for a better look at available color options.
The original chairs were made of fiberglass-infused plastic. Herman Miller now uses a more ecologically supportable material, recyclable polypropylene, for the shells.
For more information, see the Molded Plastic Chairs' full environmental summary