Add the Eames Eiffel Dining Chair to Your Dining Collection
Charles and Ray Eames are more than just a married couple: this business team comprised of an architect and a painter, respectively, remains one of the most influential designers of mid-century modern furniture today. They got their start working with design giant Eero Saarinen, but soon enough were working on their own brand with manufacturer and company Herman Miller. Together, the couple put out a variety of iconic modern furniture designs, particularly dining chairs and lounge chairs.
In 1950, this dream team debuted their first single-shell model, called the Molded Fiberglass Chairs. Quickly becoming one of their trademark designs, these simple, molded chairs were ergonomically shaped to easily cradle the body. However, the couple recognized that manufacturing fiberglass products on a wide scale is bad for the environment, resulting in pollution of the air and water as well as erosion of the natural mines where the limestone and sand that make up fiberglass are harvested. The molded chairs were discontinued temporarily until a different material could be used. Fortunately, the chair was re-introduced by Herman Miller in 2001 using a more eco-friendly substitute: polypropylene. Polypropylene is soft, comfortable, durable, and 100% recyclable.
Even before the fiberglass issue was fully realized, the sleek, easy-to-clean, minimalist design of these molded chairs were so popular that the general molded shell shape was eventually combined with a variety of base, arm, and leg designs, mixed and matched with a number of different colors, finishes, and materials, to provide a greater number of options for the homeowner. The most basic of these chairs is called the Eames Eiffel dining chair, which combines the molded back and seat with sleek metal legs. The chrome legs are modeled after the four-footed Eiffel towel, tapering towards the center of the seat as opposed to jutting down from the corners.
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The minimalist design of the Eames Eiffel chair makes it suitable for pretty much any location in the home. In the kitchen, the brightly colored Eames Eiffel can provide a fun contrast to an otherwise neutral room, while you have the option of keeping your dining room more formal and perhaps old-fashioned. These slender, simple chairs fit snug to a table, without arms to add to a cluttered dining space. There is no way to style an Eames chair incorrectly. For example, pairing a bold colored chair with a clear glass table can give an ultra-clean, modern look. That said, these Eames chairs are versatile enough to work in an office, bedroom or vanity, party venue, porch, patio, and more. The possibilities are endless!
The iconic matte finish of the Eames Eiffel chair allows the color you chose to stand on its own without an overpowering shine taking away from its elegant and simple construction. The molded polypropelene makes this Eames dining chair easy to keep clean without worrying about the color fading over time. These dining chairs are both functional and playfully creative, perfect for a modern, expressive home. Balance out the bright colors with a natural color palette for the surrounding decor, or you could always opt for a chair in a more neutral color. If you’re looking for more customization, there are many varieties available using textiles, upholstery, and luxurious padding if you’re not looking for a hard plastic-style seat. You also have the option of adding any cushion of your own, as long as it fits the base.
Love the look of Eames chairs but don’t want to pay the full price for the name? At the risk of a slightly less durable product, you can purchase Eames replicas from many manufacturers to bring the essence of the piece into your home without breaking the bank. Bring home an Eames-style dining chair and see how it can inspire you to design your home!
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