Vitra

Eames Plastic DSR & DAR
black or chrome base

Charles & Ray Eames, 1950

With a very characteristic Eiffel base, the Eames Plastic DSR chair (Dining Side chair Rod base) and the Eames Plastic DAR armchair (Dining Armchair Rod base), designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950, are icons of modern design, of this furniture that everyone knows and memorizes without always knowing its name and history.

The Eiffel base is available in white, black and chrome.

The shells are available in many colors, with or without padding, which just need to be mixed around a table. By making them from molded polypropylene, Vitra has improved their robustness, elasticity and comfort.

Shell dyed-through polypropylene

Base chrome or black epoxy 

DSR H83 x L46,5 x P55 cm – DAR H83 x L62,5 x P60 cm – Seat Height 43 cm

Outdoor DSR and DAR with black epoxy base are suitable for outdoor use

DSR, black or chromed base

poppy red
+ black or chrome base

259 €

rusty orange
+ black or chrome base

259 €

mustard
+ black or chrome base

259 €

sunlight
+ black or chrome base
259 €

pebble
+ black or chrome base

259 €

pale rose
+ black or chrome base

259 €

green
+ black or chrome base

259 €

forest
+ black or chrome base

259 €

light grey
+ black or chrome base

259 €

white
+ black or chrome base

259 €

deep black
+ black or chrome base

259 €

granite
+ black or chrome base

259 €

ice grey
+ black or chrome base

259 €

see blue
+ black or chrome base

259 €

DAR, black or chromed base

poppy red
+ black or chrome base

359 €

rusty orange
+ black or chrome base

359 €

mustard
+ black or chrome base

359 €

sunlight
+ black or chrome base

359 €

pebble
+ black or chrome base

359 €

pale rose
+ black or chrome base

359 €

green
+ black or chrome base

359 €

forest
+ black or chrome base

359 €

light grey
+ black or chrome base

359 €

white
+ black or chrome base

359 €

deep black
+ black or chrome base

359 €

granite
+ black or chrome base

359 €

ice grey
+ black or chrome base

359 €

see blue
+ black or chrome base

359 €

Charles & Ray Eames

Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and assumed a teaching position in the design department the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" organized by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook.

Ray Eames, born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940.

Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable. However, the war interrupted their work, and Charles and Ray turned instead to the design and development of leg splints made of plywood, which were manufactured in large quantities for the US Navy. In 1946, they exhibited their experimental furniture designs at MoMA. The Herman Miller Company in Zeeland, Michigan, subsequently began to produce Eames furniture. Charles and Ray participated in the 1948 'Low-Cost Furniture' competition at MoMA, and they built the Eames House in 1949 as their own private residence. In addition to their work in furniture design and architecture, they also regularly turned their hand to graphic design, photography, film and exhibition design.

In 1957 Vitra signed a licence agreement with Herman Miller and began producing the Eameses' designs for Europe and the Middle East. Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra. It was the encounter with their work that spurred the company's beginnings as a furniture manufacturer. Yet it is not just the products of Charles and Ray Eames that have left a mark on Vitra. Even today, their design philosophy continues to significantly shape the company's values, orientation and goals.