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The Eames Hack High Chair - Super or Sacrilege?

I have a new regret. What is that you might ask? That I didn’t see this wonderful “Eames Hack High Chair” earlier.

In our own dining room we are the proud owners of six Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chairs, DCM (that we picked up off of Craig’s List).  They were a challenge to work with when our daughter first came along. Initially we had her in a standard issue free-standing high chair, and then we graduated to a bulky strap on number that we not-so-gracefully attached to one of our Eames chair. Had we seen this these clever Hack High Chair earlier, we might, just might, have been tempted to vandalize one of these beautifully designed seats. But I don’t think we really have followed through like…the Eames Hack team did!

The Eames Hack Team created this high chair about three years ago but it is now getting some high profile praise by being included in the TechnoCraft Exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (where it will be on display until October 3rd.) They said of their intention that, “through physically invasive alterations, these once iconic, elite, forms are liberated from their old, restrained image.” They ‘liberated’ it and also used in a new practical way, as a kiddie eating station.

Now, personally, I wouldn’t alter the original. You can’t mess with perfection. But if you are felling “hacky” you can pick up one of the classic Eames dining chairs which are still in production from Design Within Reach for $429 to $699 (depending on the finish).

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