After launching the Organic Chair in 1940, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen continued to think about a chair with an organic shaped seat. Saarinen made the Tulip Chair; Charles and Ray Eames the Plastic Side Chair.
It was made in 1950 for the Moma's "Low-Cost Furniture" competition. Charles and Ray Eames tried to cover many types of use: there are five different bases (Wire base, Steel tube base, Wooden base, stackable aluminium base and height-adjustable), and the plastic seat shell can be upholstered.
Eames made also the armchair, which has the same types of bases and seat shells, and a rocking armchair too.
These chairs have become icons of furniture due to their wide variety of uses: home, offices, restaurants, airports, sports stadiums... In addition, the fact that there are multiple colours to choose from gives even more personality to the combinations. There were made of fiberglass plastic in their beginnings; the latest version is made of polypropylene.
All images from Vitra.