Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
The Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chairs with wood base are a true original and a classic design suitably sized for any table calling for refined seating with enduring style. Cited by Time magazine as the Best Design of the 20th Century, the chairs are offered in a choice of six finishes as well as a lightly upholstered version.
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The molded plywood dining chairs offer the same exceptional comfort and enduring style as the lounge chairs. But they’re sized to work at the table.
These Eames chairs are molded to fit the contours of the body, so sitting on this icon of modern design feels good. By molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes, Charles and Ray Eames managed to give a hard material a soft appearance and establish the foundation for the design of modern furniture. An upholstery option introduces a soft touch and a dash of color to this classic design.
"Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design."Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
These chairs can be upholstered in just about any fabric you like. When upholstered, the chair’s back and seat have exposed veneer on the back sides. Veneers are available in six wood finishes—white ash, ebonized ash, natural cherry, walnut, and santos palisander. Or you can have them in a richly grained birch veneer stained red.
The plywood has natural face veneers with hardwood inner plies and a five-ply seat and back, together with gracefully curved eight-ply legs. Natural rubber shock mounts absorb movement. The dining chair is 29.5 inches high and has a straighter back, more appropriate for dining, than the lounge chair.
Best Design of the
In 1999, in its Millennium issue, Time magazine named the chairs Best Design of the (20th) Century. Runner-up: a steam locomotive.