Side chairs are a versatile and practical furniture item that is easy to move and rearrange. By definition, side chairs are single person chairs that do not have arms. Side chairs come in a large variety of styles, materials, and shapes and are common for most environments—including cafes, restaurants, homes, and offices. Because of their flexibility, functionality, and often playful forms, side chairs are great opportunities to add a fun and useful accent to a space.
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The Drop Chair is a compact sculptural chair that combines the freedom of movement and with a simple comforting form. Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 alongside his other furniture pieces for the Royal SAS Hotel in Copenhagen, the Drop Chair has a vibrant and charismatic shaped ABS plastic shell set on minimal steel legs. The Drop Chair has a back height of 35” | 88.9 cm and a seat height of 18.25” | 46.4 cm. The seat width is 18” | 45.7 cm and has a depth of 21.5” | 54.6 cm.
Materials (Structure): ABS plastic shell, steel legs
Materials (Upholstered): Foam padding, fabric, leather
Designer: Arne Jacobsen
Drop Chair side elevation, side (woman sitting), front, back, plan
Materials: Solid walnut
Designer: George Nakashima
Nakashima Straight-Back Chair side elevation, side (person), front, back, plan
The Eames Wire Base Side Chair is an iconic midcentury chair comprised of a plastic or fiberglass molded seat that sits on a steel base. Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 with refinements in the years after, the Eames Wire Base Side Chair is shaped with a deep seat pocket and waterfall edge profile to reduce pressure. The inclusion of the wire base legs often earn the chair the nickname of the Eiffel Chair because of similarities with the Eiffel Tower. The Eames Wire Base Side Chair has a back height of 31.5” | 80 cm, seat height of 17.5” | 44.5 cm, width of 18” | 45.7 cm, and depth of 21.5” | 54.6 cm.
Materials (Seat): Injection-molded polypropylene, fiberglass-reinforced plastic
Materials (Legs): Chrome-plated steel
Designer: Charles & Ray Eames
Eames Wire Base Side Chair side elevation, side (woman sitting), front, back, plan
The Eames Wire Chair is an organically shaped experimental chair made only from welded wire. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1951 based on a refinement of their molded plastic chairs, the Eames Wire Chair seat is made strong by infilling with a outer steel rim with a lighter-gauge wire grid that sits on their iconic wire base to achieve an all steel wire silhouette. The Eames Wire Chair has an overall height of 32.75” | 83.2 cm, seat height of 18.5” | 47 cm, width of 19” | 48.3 cm, depth of 21.25” | 54 cm.
Materials: Chrome-plated steel
Designer: Charles & Ray Eames
Eames Wire Chair side elevation, side (person), front, back, plan (detail), plan
The Tulip Armless Chair is a fiberglass molded side chair that was designed to simplify chairs through the reduction of legs to a single swiveling base. Part of his Tulip Chair Collection in 1956, Eero Saarinen designed the Tulip Armless Chair to enhance the home with simple sculptural forms. The Tulip Armless Chair has a back height of 32” | 81.3 cm and a seat height of 18.5” | 47 cm. The chair is 20” | 50.8 cm wide by 21.5” | 54.6 cm deep with a cushion that comes in a variety of fabrics, vinyls, and leathers by request.
Materials (Structure): Fiberglass molded shell, cast-aluminum base
Materials (Cushion): Fabric, vinyl, leather
Designer: Eero Saarinen
Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair side elevation, side (man sitting), front, back, plan