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Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW Chair Vitra Maple yellowish - White

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Created by Charles & Ray Eames the DSW chair is part of the popular Eames Plastic Chair collection by Vitra. DSW is the abbreviation for "Dining Sidechair wood base".

In contrast to DSR and DAR the dining room chair DSW comes with a wooden frame. With its unobstrusive shape and the filigree frame the Side Chair DSW is one of the most popular Eames Plastic Chairs.

First plastic chair in serial production

Since the end of the 1930s Charles Eames wanted to create a chair with a shell which could be produced by industrial means.

In 1948 it came true: For the "Low Cost Furniture Design" competition Charles & Ray Eames created the Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW.

Its innovative shape reached 2nd place and was manufacturered n serial production only two years later. Following the motto "The most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least" the designer couple created a chair which was affordable and set higlights with its new design and is essential today for the designer furniture world.

DSW as an innovative seating means

The instant popularity of the Eames Plastic Chair DSW is due to the needs of the post-war population. Since the need for living space increased and thus the space for one person decreased flexible furniture pieces were necessary which could be used in many ways.

The DSW fulfilled these requirements with its slim measurements and innovative design perfectly.

From America to Europe

At the beginning of the 50s the triumph of the Plastic Chair DSW reached Europe. The chair up to this point solely produced in America by Herman Miller, Erika and Willi Fehlbaum took over sales in Europe and Asia.

Background was a journey of the Vitra founders to New York where they discovered the Eames chair in a display window. The design appeals to Erika and Willi Fehlbaum and after several negotiations they received the license for the sale of the Eames Plastic Chairs.

To this day Vitra is the only licensed European manufacturer of the Eames Plastic Chair. The connection of the designers Charles & Ray Eames to Vitra was close. Therefore Vitra owns the Eames Archive.

Interesting material mix

With the combination of plastic shell and wooden frame the Side Chair DSW sets interesting highlights yet is still unobstrusive. Depending on the choosen colour of the seating shell you can have bright or subtle colours for your DSW chairs.

At the time of its creation the DSW chair was an innovation as fibreglass reinforced with polyester resin allowed a production of a one -piece seating shell. Moreover the material could be totally dyed. As fibre glass turned out to be not enviromentally friendly Vitra interrupted the production in 1993. In1999 a solution was found for the problem and the DSW chairs were made of recyclable polypropylen.

The frame of the Eames Plastic Chairs DSW and DAW are made of maple. You can order it in three stained finishes online: yellowish, dark brown and black.
New is a ash wood frame with oak stained finish which excites with a gentle honey hue.

Sturdy and comfortable: Metal cross struts give the designer chair the needed load capacity (the DSW chair is tested up to 110 kg) and the ergonomic shape allows high seating comfort.

A true allrounder

The DSW Side Chair by Vitra is essential today: it can be found in public spaces or at home. Its harmonious design adapts perfectly into every living and working area and makes the DSW chair a special seating furniture.

Accessories and finishes

For the moment you can choose if you want to order your Vitra DSW with a seating height of 41,5 cm or 43 cm online. In 2015 Vitra has introduced a new seating height to increase the seating comfort - since the average height of humanity has increased since the launch of the Eames Plastic Chairs . With a seating height of 43 cm the DSW is perfect for common table heights.

Please note for reorders that all chairs bought before 2015 have the old height of 41,5 cm.

Our tipp: To increase the seating comfort even further you can order a comfortable seat cover by Hey Sign online. The felt pad ensures comfortable sitting whereas the anti-skid coated underside of the pad keeps it in place. For design lovers we also offer a leather seat pad by Bent Hansen for the DSW.

Decide depending on the floor type your DSW should be placed which slides you need: felt slides are for the use on smooth floors, while plastic slides are perfect for carpet.

Quick Ship

The following versions are part of the Quick Ship programm by Vitra. Should we not have it in stock the delivery time is 2 - 3 weeks.

- frame maple yellowish, white shell, seating height 43 cm

- frame maple yellowish, black shell, seating height 43 cm


You need a new seat shell for your Eaemes Plastic Chair? In this case just send us an enquiry and we are pleased to help you.

Did you buy your Eames Plastic Chairs before 2015? Then they probably have the old seating height of 41,5 cm. If you need matching chairs with the seating height of 41,5 cm, please place us an request and we initiate it.

See here how to exchange the felt slides for the Eames Plastic Chair:

Product number: VITRA 44030500 02 04
Manufacturer Vitra
Designer Charles & Ray Eames
44030500 02 04
Shipping method Normal parcel shipment
Material Shell: polypropylene; Frame: Maple / Ash
Width (cm) option_38937
Depth (cm) option_38614
Height (cm) option_36820
seat height (cm) 43

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