Ahhh…Paris in spring. When a young woman’s fancy turns to all things beautiful. Ok, maybe I am not visiting Paris this spring but I do fancy beautiful things! I am not visiting the Eiffel Tower but I do love the Eames ‘Eiffel’ chair.
See the slight resemblance? The Eiffel chair or DSR as it is officially known was a landmark design from Charles and Ray Eames created in the 1940’s. It was coined the ‘Eiffel’ chair due to its distinctive chrome rod base that resembles the Eiffel Tower. The seat was made from molded plastic. The Eames’ focus at the time was on plastic because this new material held the promise of being able to do more with less. (sound familiar?) The plastic could be molded into organic shapes that would imitate the shape of the body. Very comfortable. This chair was the winning entry in a 1948 NYC Museum of Modern Art competition and in the 1950’s went on to be the first mass-produced plastic chair. It was an award winner then and is still an iconic piece today. I would love to have one of these chairs in my collection but….what colour would I choose; Aqua Sky or Lime Green or Red or maybe even White??!! Would I buy a pair or just one? Definitely a statement in any room.