The original Eames wire chairs used upholstery made from a plastic wonder material lovingly referred to as “pleather”, a name derived from plastic leather. Developed in 1936 by the U.S. Rubber Company (later renamed Uniroyal) it was the first of many artificial leather products to be marketed as alternatives to cowhide upholstery. In fact, the name “Naugahyde” comes from the town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, where it was first produced. We use an eco-friendly version of this “pleather” material manufactured by Willowtex. They call it “IZIT Leather” and it is a modern wonder material in it’s own right; inherently resistant to moisture, ultraviolet rays, and excessive hot and cold temperature variations. That means It is suitable for outdoor use and exposure to weather, in fact, one of Willowtex’s primary markets is the yachting industry where the upholstery is exposed to wind and rain on a daily basis.
The DKR-2 “bikini” pad for the Eames Wire Chair covers the seat area of the chair and a small portion of the back, leaving an exposed area so you can see the welded wire shell. Each pad is made with a 1/2″ thick extra-firm foam pad with a premium-quality textile of your choosing on the top upholstered surface. A black canvas covering on the bottom surface of the pad helps protect from wear and tear against the wire shell. This is in keeping with the original construction of the 1952 pad which had a burlap backing. We follow this original design as closely as possible; there is a single black button located on the point of the triangular seat cushion and a black string loop on the upper portion. These “tie” together to join the two pieces (hence, the two-piece string bikini reference). A metal wire at the perimeter of the cushion hooks to the underside of the wire chair and holds the whole assembly in place. This wire is included.
Recycled polyester backing with a polyurethane topcoat.
Maintenance: Clean with mild soap and water.
IZIT Leather does not use solvent chemicals (VOCs) or ozone depleting chemicals (ODCs).
Location of Manufacture: Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA
Lead time: We are much faster than our competitors but all of our upholstery is still made to order and that takes about 1-2 weeks depending on when you place your order and how busy our shop is with other work. We do have ‘quick ship’ material on hand for our most popular options like black vinyl but be advised that the lead time for most orders is still 7 business days to fabricate plus shipping time via USPS which is usually another 2-3 days. Please allow up to 15 days for leather and custom orders: a custom order means we don’t have the material you selected in stock and have to order it before we can start to fabricate. Allow up to 3 weeks for full-cover upholstery orders. Note: Not all of our upholstery options are available for all chair types, if that is the case it will be noted NA. NA = Currently not available.
Please note, we do not sell chairs. We only sell upholstery. All prices are for upholstery only.