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March Madness: Eames Eiffel Chair vs. Panton Chair

A duel between two smooth operators.

We spoke with Calgary designer Kevin Mitchell to get his take on two iconic plastic chairs—the Eames Eiffel, and the Panton—for March Madness.

The History: A highly successful iteration of the Eames Organic chair, the Eiffel chair is so nicknamed for its signature Eiffel Tower-esque metal base. You’ve seen these Charles Eames designs in every colour and in every kind of home. Another designer captivated by plastic, the Denmark-born Verner Panton wanted to create a super comfortable one-piece design, and came up with the Panton Chair for Vitra in 1967.

Which chair should be crowned Prince of the Plastics? Take it away, Kevin Mitchell:


Eames Eiffel Chair

PROS: It’s available in many finishes so you’re bound to find something that works with your colour palette. Great for family homes as it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Also moderately priced and light weight.

CONS: Often impersonated, so be sure you’re buying the real deal. 


Panton Chair

PROS: It’s a single piece of polypropylene construction, so there’s no need to worry about it falling apart. Easy to clean. Playful styling adds whimsy to an interior.

CONS: Limited colour selections available.

Which chair would you want in your home? Tell us below!

Check out the updated March Madness (Classic Chair Edition) playoff bracket here.


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