Eames Dowel Base Side Chair

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Eames Dowel Base Side Chair showing side, front, back, and plan views

The Eames Dowel Base Side Chair is an iconic midcentury side chair made with a plastic or fiberglass molded shell connected to a base of wood dowels and strengthened with diagonal steel rods. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 with ongoing material studies over the years that followed, the Eames Dowel Base Side Chair sets the organically molded seat onto a base of walnut, maple, or ash dowels.

The Eames Dowel Base Side Chair has a back height of 31.75” (80.6 cm), seat height of 17.25” (43.8 cm), width of 18” (45.7 cm, and depth of 21” (53.3 cm).


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31.75” | 80.6 cm
18” | 45.7 cm
21” | 53.3 cm
Seat Height:
17.25” | 43.8 cm

Injection-molded polypropylene or fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; Walnut, maple, ash dowels, steel rod base legs
Charles & Ray Eames


Drawings include:
Eames Dowel Base Side Chair side elevation, side (man sitting), front, back, plan


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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.