Room by Room – the Eames Plastic Armchair

By Modern Simplicity • Updated on 07/06/2021

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at yet another great find created by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Plastic Armchair.

Although I am currently in the balmy weather of Southern California, most areas around the country are in the midst of a cold snap, so I decided to focus on the outdoor areas of our home in the hopes of bringing everyone else a little bit of Spring. The Eames designed this molded polypropelene chair in 1948. Available in 5 fully integrated colors, the chair color is still vibrant after years of wear. As they did with much of their other work, this piece has variations that allow for multiple uses. Along with color options, there are 3 different leg choices – the eiffel (shown), a basic chrome 4 leg, and a rocking chair. An armless version rounds out the set.

Venturing out into the garden, there are many options for handmade accessories. An obvious first choice is a ceramic planter – this one is a two piece version to allow for drainage. Your chairs are set around a table on which sit a set of travertine tea light holders, setting up a nice ambiance in the twilight. In a corner, glazed chimes make beautiful background noise, while a metal sculpture is at once modern and sweet. Hidden among the maidenhair fern is a small rock with an engraved surprise, inviting birds to your lovely modern garden.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

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I’m one of those shivering in the midst of the cold snap. I really don’t remember Colorado nights being this cold.

You did get me thinking about a nice warm day on my patio. I really like the travertine tea lights and the thought of the chime in the wind makes me long for summer.

Kimberly Aardal
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