The abbreviated PAC stands for Pivoting (P) Arm (A) Chair on Cast (C) Base with the additional C added for the version on castors. Developed in 1952 and released to the market the following year, the Eames PAC Chair and PACC were essentially a first attempt at office and desk chairs using the fiberglass plastic series.
Released alongside the full tilting DAT, the Eames Pedestal Arm Chair was a worthy replacement for the dowel-based pivoting PAW which had been fraught with manufacturing problems. It was also Herman Miller and the Eames Office’s first venture into chairs intended for office and desk work.
Released in 1953, the original first PAC was available on a cast ‘spider’ base much like that found on the ottoman of the Eames Lounge Chair and the speaker designed for Stephens Trusonic. This original version was available only in this form and was not available with a castor option at that time.
The second generation of the PAC and the addition of the castored PACC occurred in 1957 with the introduction to the market of the Eames Alu Group series. This brought about the super versatile cast aluminium ‘pedestal’ base which could be fitted with either floor glides or castors.
The PAC, PACC and the side chair PSC version were all mainstays until the fiberglass chairs were finally discontinued in 1989. They were available in all the colors of shells available as well as in the countless upholstered versions offered from Herman Miller and designed by Alexander Girard. Neither the PAC or PACC have been re-released since the 2001 plastic series re-launch.
|Seat Height||18.5”||47 cm|
|Top||Molded Plastic Zenaloy (fiberglass re-enforced plastic)|
|Base||Cast Alu Spider Base (pre 57), Cast Alu Pedestal Base (post 57)|
|Feet||Domes of silence (pre 57). Castors or glides (post 57)|