Designed by Charles and Ray Eames out of welded steel wire, the Wire Chair is a variation on the theme of the organically shaped one-piece seat shell, combining transparent lightness with technological sophistication. The seat shell can be joined with a variety of different bases. The Wire Chair is available without upholstery, with a seat cushion or with a two-piece seat and back cushion known as the ‚Bikini‘ pad due to its shape.
The Wire Chairs have a powder-coated finish; some models also come in a chrome-plated version. DKR and DKX models with a powder-coated finish are ideally suited for both indoor and outdoor use.
In 2016 Vitra has added approximately 20 mm to the height of the Wire Chairs, while also revising the seat geometry. These modifications, which are aesthetically almost imperceptible, increase the comfort of this classic chair design, especially in combination with contemporary tables.
Thanks to their new seat height, adjusted to today’s needs, the Wire Chairs are ideal to be placed at contemporary dining tables. The various confi gurations in chrome, powder coating and wood, combined with the different covers in a range of colours, mean that the right Wire Chair can be found for every setting.
Available in a number of different hard-wearing designs, the Wire Chair can be used in restaurants, canteens and cafeterias, not just at home.
The construction, from refined steel wire with spot welding, ensures that the Wire Chair is robust and stable and can be used in a variety of ways in public spaces. A number of completed projects bear witness to this, such as the installation of Wire Chairs in open areas at the bus station on the Vitra Campus, in the German town of Weil am Rhein.
Conference and Meeting Rooms
For conference, meeting, media and other such rooms, where it is important to emphasise distinctive aesthetics, the iconic Wire Chairs are a great solution.
DKR: Dining Height K-Wire Shell R-Wire Base
- Back and seat: bent and welded steel wire, chrome-plated or powder-coated finish. The powder-coated version is suitable for outdoor use.
- Base: four-legged wire base with cross struts. Fitted with glides for carpet; felt glides optionally available for hard floors.
- Upholstery: unupholstered, with seat cushion or with seat and back pad. Seat and back pads can be removed and reattached; available in Hopsak fabric or leather.
The Eames Wire Chair is a variation on the organically shaped one-piece seat shell, boasting a light transparency and high technicality. The chairs are available without upholstery, or with a single seat cushion or a seat and backrest cushion. Because of its shape, this upholstery is sometimes referred to as a "bikini".