“Recognising the need is the primary condition for the design.”
The first incarnation of this chair was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art’s “International Competition for Low-cost Furniture Design” of 1948 and was awarded second place.
The all-in-one ‘shell’ seat design was a first in history. The inspiration behind the chair was to create a product made from unusual, affordable materials with multiple uses and the Eameses had been working on the concept since the late 1930s. The chairs have been in mass production since 1950.
The DSW comes with a wooden dowel base with metal strut supports. It is part of an enormous collection of different configurations of Eames dining chairs. There are variations of the chair in molded wood, fiberglass and even wire, upholstered, cushioned or “as is”, and with a metal, wood, rocker or office chair base.
In 1973 the Museum of Modern Art in New York displayed the DSW chair in the “Charles Eames: furniture from the design” collection and is still featured there today.
Charles and Ray Eames received a medal on the 21 June 1951 from the First National Industrial Designers Institute Award for the design of the DSW plastic chair.
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Polypropylene plastic is ergonomically molded to comfortably accommodate the individual in the seat with added back support. The plastic is not all rigid and if the individual leans back it will give way and restore to its original form. The clean lines of the shell sit atop beautiful wooden legs with metal strut supports.
Shell: Died-through polypropylene
Base: Ashwood or maple
Base supports: Round steel, black
Seat height: 43cm
Carrying weight: 130kg
Weight as shipped: 9kg
Polypropylene: Polypropylene is a hardwearing, uniformly shaped and coloured material. Special additives add colour fastness. However, exposed sunlight exposure should be limited to retain the original colour. Polypropylene can be cleaned using a mild detergent or a glass cleaner with a soft cloth. Do not use hard woven cloths or abrasive cleaning agents.
Wood: Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Clean the surface periodically with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off. Make sure that your wood furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. We recommend that wood products should not be exposed to intense sunlight for prolonged periods of time as ultra-violet rays may eventually damage the finish.
Do not use an abrasive material on the wood.
Metal: Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth.