eames dsw chairs

Designed in 1948 by husband and wife Charles & Ray Eames, the Eames Dowel-Leg Side Chair is a classic piece in the oeuvre of American design.  Its provenance is mid-century, yet the chair has such a simple and timeless look that it has been a favorite in interiors around the world since its debut, through to today.

When it comes to a versatile and iconic item like this, an eternal question is: splurge or save?

eames dowel leg chairs

What to do? Before we decide, let’s get a feel for how the chair might look in a few more settings.  In the opening image above, the chairs augment the relaxed and airy aesthetic of an Australian summer home.


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With floral wallpaper, a chandelier, and a chest filled with silver and crystal, Eames Chairs add to the English femininity of the space.

eames dsw chairs

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

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  • Tina Ramchandani

    Hi Sarah!

    They look really great, but they are not as sturdy as the originals. I’d probably recommend them again if a client needs to save some cash but wants to get the look.


  • @2a1ce138fa1864f1063ecbddfd5ee3e4:disqus thanks!

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  • @tinaramchandani:disqus, how did they turn out? @3c7e457cb5514612aaf92c4b4378b87b:disqus is looking for an opinion on their comfort level! Barbara, I would say if you’re okay with the firmness of an un-upholstered chair, give them a try! You can stop into a DWR, test them out, then take it from there.

  • Viteri Style Managment

    Someone, please tell me these chairs are comfortable? Love the look, but I want the best of both worlds.

  • Tina Ramchandani

    I recently bought the knockoff version for a client. I love the look but they couldn’t afford the price. It was a tough decision, because I feel really bad buying knockoffs!

  • limezinnias

    I agree with the previous comment and if you cannot, the “save” looks good!

  • Morgan

    If you’ve got the dough…splurge!!! XO mo

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