What is an Eames Chair? 3 Things You Need to Know

26th July 2018

What is an Eames chair?

Firstly we should clear something up. The term 'Eames' actually comes from the surname of a famous couple in America. Charles Eames was an architect and keen designer, born in 1907. He married his partner Ray in 1941 and they built the famous 'Eames House' - pretty much their entire life's work in one building. This home was known worldwide for its groundbreaking design and contribution to the industries of architecture and furniture. Of course, the Eames chair is just one of their major achievements during their lifetime. But it's one that we're proud to say we stock at Lakeland Furniture! Specifically, this inspired chair comes in a variety of designs. We'll run through those now, so you can get a feel for how they look. Generally speaking, you'll notice a similar trend in the design which unites these products as 'Eames' chairs.

What designs are available?

The thing that you need to know about these chairs is that the different designs are signalled by a string of three letters. If you've seen combinations like DSW, RAR and DSR floating around furniture stores, you might be feeling confused. But these are the symbols of Eames chair designs, and each letter stands for something! The first letter generally represents the height, the middle letter is the chair style and the last letter is the base material. We'll run through each one that we stock so you'll be clued up next time you're browsing:


The DSW chair stands for Dining, Side, Wooden. This means it is a dining chair height, with no arms (so, open sides) and a wooden base. Quite straightforward, right?


Here, DSR stands for Dining, Side, Rod. So, it is dining height with open sides and this time, a rod base. Essentially, that means metal legs! This is a particularly stylish choice at the moment, with the combination of industrial and mid-century design.


The DAW chair is slightly different from the above two options. Here, the D stands for Dining (as usual), the A is for arms (this time, we have covered sides) and the W is, of course, a wooden base.


When you see the RAR chair, you can probably guess what its letters stand for. The R is 'rocking', the A stands for arms and the R is rod legs. This, of course, is a much more unusual design but is perfect to fill that cosy corner in your home.

What colours can you buy?

The great thing about the modernised, updated Eames chair designs is that they are often made from a variety of materials, including ABS plastic. This means that we can find these chairs in a huge range of colours, from vibrant yellow to jet black. The possibilities really are endless! Originally, Eames chairs would be made from leather and plywood. However, modern times have taken over and we can all enjoy an Eames-inspired design in our homes in any colour we choose. For example, our DSW chair is available in the following colours:

  • grey
  • black
  • white
  • clear
  • red
  • yellow
  • green
  • orange
  • marine
  • dark grey
  • biscuit
  • latte
  • patchwork
  • vanilla

Shop our Eames collection here


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