Undoubtedly the most famous and most spotted Eames designs the world over, the fiberglass, plywood and wire side chairs have become synonymous with great design, functionality and longevity. The eames.com marketplace is the primary source of original, vintage and authentic Eames Side Chairs to buy and sell.
They started as a competition entry, the 1948 modern design competition held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA), to be exact. The fiberglass chairs of Charles Eames were not even fiberglass at all but made in Aluminum. The design merited second place but would go on to prove to be one of, if not the most, successful of all time. Fast forward two years and the expensive metal had been replaced with Zenaloy, a molded fiberglass which was super strong, could be dyed in any color and had bucket loads of flexibility. Once the arm-less option had been added the design was virtually unstoppable, finding a place in homes, schools, offices and colleges the world over. The success of the Eames fiberglass chairs was very much down to their versatility, being made available in a host of base options, colors, fabrics and finishes. There was literally an Eames Chair for every occasion.
If you thought the Eames Fiberglass chairs were the first success, you would be mistaken. The molded plywood chairs took that mantle when released in 1946. They were also the first to use that Eames Office ploy of using interchangeable bases to create varying options. The metal dining DCM and wood DCW chairs were accompanied with lounge versions the LCW and LCM. Sold alongside matching tables and screens the plywood group was the springboard for all Eames designs and the Eames Office philosophy.
Charles Eames was able to scratch the itch of finally releasing designs in metal with the 1951 Wire chairs, based on the design, shape and flexibility of the fiberglass side chair range. By 1957 and the release of the Aluminium Group would be the pinnacle of this, chairs which are still deployed in home and commercial offices to this day.
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