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Eames Plastic Armchair beam seating

Charles & Ray Eames, 1950

The Plastic Armchairs by Charles and Ray Eames, which are counted among the most important furniture designs of the twentieth century, are also available as beam seating. Configurations in various lengths can be equipped with small table elements between the seat shells, making the units especially well suited for public waiting areas in which the furnishings should not only provide excellent comfort and robust durability, but also contribute to an inspiring ambience.
Material description
  • Seat shell: dyed-through polypropylene. All models are available with a seat cushion (screwed to the seat shell) or full upholstery. The fully upholstered version has moulded polyurethane foam padding covered in fabric, attached to the shell with a welted edge. Different shell and upholstery colours and various bases provide a multitude of possible combinations.
  • Options: the Eames Plastic Chair is available as a visitor chair, dining chair, rocking chair, swivel chair or in stacking versions and with ganging brackets for row seating. Beam-mounted shells are suited for use in waiting areas.
  • Table unit: black solid core material (560 x 430 mm).
  • Base: two-legged beam support in different lengths accommodates 2 to 5 chair shells or table units. T-beam: epoxy-coated in basic dark, polished aluminium legs. Fitted with plastic glides for carpet or anti-skid felt glides for hard floors.
Product family
Eames Plastic Chairs
'Getting the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least': with these words, Charles and Ray Eames described one of their main goals as furniture designers. None of their other designs come as close to achieving this ideal as the Plastic Chairs. For years, the designer couple explored the fundamental idea of a one-piece seat shell moulded to fit the contours of the human body. After experiments with plywood and sheet aluminium in the 1940s produce unsatisfactory results,…
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Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.
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