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Tribute: The Eames DSW 5 ways (iconic designs series)

Getting the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least': with these words, Charles and Ray Eames described one of their main goals as furniture designers. None of their other designs come as close to achieving this ideal as the Plastic Chairs. For years, the designer couple explored the fundamental idea of a one-piece seat shell moulded to fit the contours of the human body. After experiments with plywood and sheet aluminium in the 1940s produce unsatisfactory results, their search for alternative materials led them to glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin. The DSW chairs have iconic status and are one of the most recognisable designs when it comes to chairs. They were launched in 1950 as the very first mass-produced plastic chairs in the history of furniture. Today, they are produced by Vitra and a number of other vendors (and in a rasnge of prices depending on quality and finish) in a variety of colours and finishes and as such can be used as side chairs, dining chairs, in the office, both residential and in commercial spaces. Their use is only limited by our imagination.

Here are 5 of my favourite examples of their use.

1. the Minimalist office

Combine with New York poster from Etsy UK, from £8.50 and use the "Paris dining chair", £129 for 2 from to achieve this look.

2. The monochrome office

The DSW in black with pine legs against white walls and grey floors. You can find similar cardboard or light wood animal trophy heads on Etsy and paint them in a colour of your choice.

Moose Head from Etsy, £32.87 plus shipping

3. The colour combo dining room

Combine various colours to bring a whole room together like in the wonderful example below. The room feels less formal while still being super smart. The cream and orange colours add warmth and mix well with the colour of the floor. You can get these colours online at Cult Furniture. The DSW costs £49 on there.

The DSW in orange from Cult Furniture where it costs £49.

4. Keep it simple

If you still want the look but think that mixing the colours makes the room busy, go for a single colour around the table. You can mix materials (plastic chairs with wooden dining table for example) and add texture with the carpet.

The Vitra Eames chair is of exceptional quality. You can find it on

9x Cluster pendant light from Etsy, £183.40

Andy Warhol handemade print, Etsy UK, £9.20 plus shipping

5. Colour + dark walls

This one is so special. Let the colour pop against dark walls! Use in the bedroom, in hallways and even in your dining room if you're brave! Combine this one with colourful kilim rugs (which you can also find on Etsy).

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