If you ever came across the information that the LAR, RAR, SAX and LAX variants were the first launched and you wondered, what does these abrevations means, then keep reading. Later they were joined by others, for example by DSW, DKR or DAR, which are probably the most famous nowadays.
If these funny three-letter parts of the names don't tell you anything, give us the chance to explain them. In the following list, we tried to include all variants, even the less common ones, such as the La Fonda base.
The first letter refers to the height of the chair. It can be either in a variant of:
- classic dining chair (D – Dining Height)
- rocking chair (R – Rocking)
- chair with swivel base (P – Pivot)
- with the height of the armchair (L – Lounge Chair)
The second letter indicates what type of seat it is. There are seat variants:
- without armrests (S – Side Chair)
- with armrests (A – Armchair)
- all-wire seats (K – Wire Chair)
The most numerous are variants standing at the third place, which represents the type of base:
- wire structure known as the Eiffel Tower (R – Rod Base)
- metal construction, non-stackable (X – X-Base)
- metal construction, stackable (S – Stacking Base)
- wooden base (W – Wood Base)
- swivel base (C – Cast Base)
- swivel base on castors (CC - Cast Base on Castors)
- La Fonda base (L – La Fonda Base)
So, if you come across the following variants, you will know that:
- DSR (Dining Height Side Chair Rod Base) means a chair without armrests, with a base called the Eiffel Tower
- DSW (Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base) means a chair without armrests, with a wooden base
- DSX (Dining Height Side Chair X-Base) means a chair without armrests, with a metal base, non-stackable
- DKW (Dining Height Wire Chair Wood Base) means a chair with an all-wire seat without armrests, with a wooden base
- DKR (Dining Height Wire Chair Rod Base) means a chair with an all-wire seat without armrests, with a base called the Eiffel Tower
- DAR (Dining Height Armchair Rod Base) means an armchair with armrests and a base called the Eiffel Tower
- DAX (Dining Height Armchair X-Base) means an armchair with armrests and a metal base, non-stackable
- DAW (Dining Height Armchair Wood Base) means an armchair with armrests and a wooden base
- RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod Base) means a rocking chair with armrests and a base called the Eiffel Tower
The Eames achieved one important primacy with the Eames Chair collection and Eames Fiberglass Chair. They designed the very first chair system with countless combinations and uses. To date, more than 100,000 different variants of seats and bases can be counted. In the fifties, it was a very groundbreaking design, because until then, almost all seating parts of the chairs were formed by a separate seat and backrest.
The iconic collection of chairs is still present today. In addition, knowing the meaning of the individual letters, it will be all easier for you to choose the right variant of iconic chair.