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Eames fiberglass DSX, 1950

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames
Manufactured by Vitra
Product code: VIT-44041000-30*


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Eames fiberglass DSX side chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra.

In 1948, Charles and Ray Eames won second prize when participating in the 'International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design' held by the New York Museum of Modern Art. Their chair design featured a shell seat moulded to the contours of the body in metal with a concept for a variety of accompanying bases.

Due to the complexity and high cost of mass production, they sought to find an alternative for the metal, eventually discovering glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin. Primarily used for military application, the Eameses recognised the qualities of the material: mouldability, strength and suitability to industrial manufacturing processes.

The first to use the material for furniture design, the tactile quality of the fibreglass enhanced the organic, moulded form of the chair to provide optimal comfort.

The Eames fiberglass DSX side chair pairs a fiberglass shell seat with a non-stacking four-legged tubular steel base. The powder-coated version is suitable for outdoor use.

The seat is available in the original colours: Parchment, Navy blue, Red-orange, Elephant Hide grey, Sea Foam green, or Raw umber.

Choose from a chrome or a dark powder-coated smooth finish base. Glides for use on hard floor or carpet are available in two different colours.

Use the Vitra configurator for this design to explore the colour combinations available. The Eames DSX chair is also available in plastic shell version.

Note: special additives prevent the fading of colours due to UV radiation. However, if the chair is exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods, the colour may change over time. We recommend limited exposure to sunlight.

46.5w x 55d x 43/83cmh

Herman Miller has the sole license for the Charles and Ray Eames collection in the U.S. and Far East. Therefore export of these products from the UK to the U.S. is not possible.

For more information please contact Herman Miller.

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