Vitra DKW-5 Steel chair

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DKW-5 By Vitra

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Type

Steel chair

Manufacture year

1951

DKW: Dining Height K-Wire Shell Wood-Base
- Back and seat: bent and welded steel wire, powder-coated finish in basic dark.‎
- Base: wood base in solid maple stained finish with round steel 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.‎

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 combined with a choice 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 are also available 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 added roughly 20 mm to the base height of the Wire Chairs while adapting the seat geometry accordingly.‎
These revisions, which are aesthetically almost imperceptible, increase the comfort of this classic chair design, especially in combination with contemporary tables.‎
The Wire Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames owe their transparent look to the spot-welded steel wire shell, while the wooden base of the DKW (Dining Chair K-Wire Wood Base) lends a contrasting note of warmth to the essentially technical appearance of the design.‎ The metal components of the DKW chair have a black powder-coated finish; the wooden legs of the base come in various shades of maple.‎

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.‎

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