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Charles Eames Chairs

American, 1907-1978

The legacy of Charles Eames looms large in design. In partnership with his wife, Ray, Charles was at the forefront of pioneering innovation in the use of molded plywood for furniture making. The Eameses’ cheerful and inviting work has endured among the most important advancements in the history of 20th-century design.

Together, visionary mid-century modern duo Charles and Ray Eames introduced a wide range of renowned furniture to the postwar market, including iconic designs such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, the wildly colorful birch plywood-and-plastic-laminate Eames storage unit, the Eames compact sofa and more. The designers were trailblazers in molded plywood furniture and brought lively organic form to metal and plastic.

Charles Eames studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He traveled to Mexico and Europe, and experienced firsthand the work of designer-architects Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In 1930, upon returning to Missouri, Eames opened an architecture practice with Charles M. Gray but later moved to Michigan in 1938. He received a fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, which would become a breeding ground for the stars of mid-century design. Eames continued his architecture studies at Cranbrook and also taught in the design department.

In 1940, Eames met his future wife, artist and designer Beatrice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser, who was studying at Cranbrook under Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. Charles teamed up with another Cranbrook instructor, Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, to explore the possibilities of plywood for use in furniture design.

With support from Ray, Charles and Eero created chairs and case pieces and submitted them to the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City — among them was the groundbreaking organic Side chair made of molded plywood with maple legs. It was upholstered by Heywood-Wakefield. This exhibition is considered critical by many to the popularization of what is known as mid-century modernism. Eames and Saarinen won first place for their submissions to the competition.

Charles and Ray were married in 1941 and soon after moved to Los Angeles, California, and lived in an apartment building designed by architect Richard Neutra. Charles worked on set design at MGM, and at night, in a humble workshop they established in the guest bedroom, he and Ray experimented with molded plywood on a homemade device they called the “Kazaam!” machine. In 1942, the couple won a U.S. Navy contract to create molded plywood leg splints that would be used to support wartime medical efforts. Soon, the Evans Product Company was making the splints and the Eameses opened the famed Eames Office and studio.

The Eameses’ innovative use of wire framing, molded plywood and applied fabrics caught the attention of many notable figures in interior design and architecture, including George Nelson, director of design at Herman Miller, a now-legendary modern furniture manufacturer. The company enlisted the Eameses’ talents and was eventually home to the couple’s classic pieces such as the Eames DCW chair and the DCM chair.

Find an extensive array of vintage Charles Eames seating, tables and case pieces on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Charles Eames
Eames Lounge Chair et Ottoman, Tan / Rosewood, Herman Miller Edition
By Charles Eames
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Eames lounge chair- Herman Miller Edition Cognac color Charles Eames Edition Herman Miller 2009 / 2010 Ensemble fauteuil et son ottoman Combinaison palissandre / Cuir Tan Brand new ...
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2010s American Charles Eames Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles + Ray Eames Six DCW Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
classic California design Herman Miller manufacturer mixed woods, birch, ash and palisander unfortunately, they were once painted black they've been restored back to natural sati...
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Mid-19th Century American Mid-Century Modern Antique Charles Eames Chairs

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Wood

Eames Lounge Chair et Ottoman, 2010
By Charles Eames
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Eames lounge chair- Herman Miller Edition Cognac color Charles Eames Edition Herman Miller 2009 / 2010 Ensemble fauteuil et son ottoman Combinaison palissandre / Cuir Tan Brand...
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2010s American Charles Eames Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

6 Limited Edition Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM in Tri-Color Hairy Hide
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Set of 6 Limited Edition Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM in Tri-Color Hairy Hide, 1998. This rare set of DCM chairs were only produced for a short period of time and were a part ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Cowhide, Ash

Midcentury Eames for Herman Miller Mid-Century High Back Aluminum Group Chairs
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For sale are these authentic Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group chairs in premium plush black leather with high-backs. An icon of Mid Century Modern design that continues to be p...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Red Fiberglass Charles and Ray Eames Side Shell Chairs, Scoops Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern side shell chairs, "SCOOPS" designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by Herman Miller, amazing hard to find red fiberglass, retain beautiful gel coat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Evans Herman Miller LCW by Charles Eames
By Charles Eames
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An excellent example of Charles Eames Herman Miller/Evans 1940's LCW (lounge chair wood). All original with original shock mounts, screws and label intact.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Maple

Eames Lounge Chair et Ottoman, Tan / Rosewood, Herman Miller Edition
By Charles Eames
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Eames lounge chair- Herman Miller Edition Cognac color Charles Eames Edition Herman Miller 2009 / 2010 Ensemble fauteuil et son ottoman Combinaison palissandre / Cuir Tan Brand new M...
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2010s American Charles Eames Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Midcentury Eames for Herman Miller Mid-Century High Back Aluminum Group Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For sale are these authentic Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group chairs in black leather with high-backs. An icon of Mid Century Modern design that continues to be produced today....
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Eames Lounge Chair et Ottoman - Tan / Rosewood, Herman Miller Edition
By Charles Eames
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Eames lounge chair- Herman Miller Edition Charles Eames Edition Herman Miller 2009 / 2010 Ensemble fauteuil et son ottoman Combinaison palissandre / Cuir Tan Brand new Chair: H: 81....
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2010s American Charles Eames Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair of Molded Plywood Side Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Eames Molded Plywood dining chair metal base, known as DCM, is a classic example of the Eameses’ philosophy of using honest materials. The chair, designed in 1946, uses two piece...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Chrome

Eames Herman Miller DCW Chair in White Ash
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful single original like new condition Eames DCW by Herman Miller, in white ash finish elegant corner dining chair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Ash

1st Generation Eames Dkr-2 Wire Eiffel Tower Chair
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Ray Eames
Located in Garnerville, NY
First generation Eames DKR-2 Eiffel Tower base side chair with the distinct splayed feet and the black base (which was only released in the early version). The Bikini chair's cover i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Steel

Set 4 Charles Eames, Herman Miller Fiberglass Chairs, Eiffel Tower Bases
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set 4 Charles Eames, Herman Miller fiberglass chairs, elegant white, Newer Eiffel Tower bases, approximately 20 years old, great set 4 consisting of two vintage arm shell chairs and ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Iron

1st Generation Zenith Plastic Rope Edge Chair, Charles Eames for Herman Miller B
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a 1st generation Zenith Plastics Co rope edge chair, designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Chair is in an elephant hide gray.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Early Herman Miller LCM Lounge Chair, Labeled
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iconic LCM lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Beautifully bent seat and backrest. Chrome base with shock-mounts in excellent condition. Original 1950s ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Set of 3 Bright Orange Iconic Mid-Century Modern Shell Eames Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Hopewell, NJ
The Classic DSX fiberglass chair designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller having a bright orange color and black H bases. Each shell is stamped with the Herman Miller emblem under...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Early Oak DCW Dining Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Dorchester, MA
The DCW dining chair is a classic mid-century plywood design by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, both functional and comfortable. This model, made in the 1950s, is constructe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Oak, Rubber

Pair of Fine Early DKX Charles Eames Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
A good early pair. More detail pics available. Seats need to be attached better. Possibly worked on by an upholsterer. All original pieces. Missing the foot glides. They can be...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Swivel Chair Mod. "ea107" Design Charles and Ray Eames for Icf De Padova, 1960s
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in taranto, IT
original chair model "ea 107", ICF De Padova production under license from Herman Miller, design by charles & Ray Eames, 1960s version with armrests It measures 82 cm in height...
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1960s Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Charles Eames for Herman Miller Bucket Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Matching pair of yellow vinyl shell chairs on swivel bases. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Eames for Herman Miller High Back Aluminum Group Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
An icon of Mid-Century Modern design that continues to be produced today. Manual height and tilt. 50th anniversary addition premium black leather that is thicker and softer than othe...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Transitional Eames Herman Miller, Venice, CA, Shell Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find second generation Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass shell chair. This model was still using the nice heavy solid "X" base, and larger shock mounts. The chair is...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Black LCW by Charles Eames 1955
By Charles Eames
Located in Dallas, TX
Early Production LCW designed by Charles Eames manufactured by Herman Miller - 1955. Chair is in very good original condition with the original black analine dye.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Rubber, Plywood

Charles Ray Eames Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
Eames for Herman Miller, rare upholstered LCM's original factory upholstery with tacks on underside. Few of these were ordered and were usually custom.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Rare Maple Eames LCW Molded Lounge Side Chair 1940s Evans
By Evans Products Company, Charles Eames
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an original, early, molded LCW Maple wood side chair, by Charles Eames, circa the 1940s. In excellent vintage condition, with the original Evans Products Co...
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1940s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Maple

Charles Eames Vintage Office Chairs with Casters
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful set composed by 3 office chairs designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, in the 90's, for the refined Italian manufacture ICF. Original label under the seat. The chair...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles Eames for Herman Miller DSX Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Garnerville, NY
Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass DSX shell chair. Circa 1970. Retains all it's plastic glides. Shock mounts are in good condition with no visible drying or cracking. Struct...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal, Steel

Charles Eames Classic RAR Rocking Chair Herman Miller Greige
By Charles Eames
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic Charles Eames RAR greige rocking chair with original birch runners. A survivor in very good original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

1949 Charles Eames Rope Edge Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Charles Eames designed rope edge fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller. This is a first year, 1949-1950 production of the chair. This model was entered into ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

Charles Eames by Hermann Miller Design Red Fabric and Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Brescia, IT
Charles Eames by Hermann Miller, circa 1960s. Ivory shell seat and red fabric metal and aluminum base. Very good condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Charles Eames Leather LCW for Herman Miller, 1949
By Charles Eames
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An exceptional original LCW in factory leather for Herman Miller, circa 1949. These upholstered examples are very rare as they were only available for sale as a special order for ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Leather, Birch

Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Dallas, TX
Charles and Ray Eames designed low lounge armshell with X-base. Original zinc base, original screws, Original boot glides. Early transitional parchment fiberglass shell with large sh...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Steel

Early Production Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is an early production of a Charles Eames fiberglass shell arm chair for Herman Miller. In a beige, with a paper label produced between 1954 and 1955, last line it woul...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

Pair of circa 1960s Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a pair of circa 1960s Charles Eames designed fiberglass shell armchairs for Herman Miller. They sit on black color bases, with the shells in what you could say is Di...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

Charles Eames Flame Logo Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Charles Eames designed fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller, this one has the rare flame logo. Made between 1959 and 1960.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

1960s Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A circa 1960s Charles Eames fiberglass shell armchair for Herman Miller, in a elephant hide gray color.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Wood and Chrome DCM Eames Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern ebonized wood and chrome chair by DCM Eames. Very nice condition. Dimensions: 21" depth x 19" W x 29.5" H, seat height 17.5".
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Chrome

1st Edition Zenith Plastics Rope Edge Paw Chair Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a 1st generation Zenith Plastics Co PAW rope edge chair, designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Chair swivels is in a lemon yellow, 4 square zenith plastic che...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Early Eames Red Aniline Dye LCM
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Dronten, NL
Wonderful early 1950s example of this design classic by Charles & Ray Eames. The connaisseur recognizes the original sock feet as a distinguished characteristic of an early LCM. Re...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames "Translucent" Arm Shell Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great pair of lemon yellow arm shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames.. manufactured by Herman Miller,, early elusive see-thrugh "Translucent" fiberglass parchment shells.. L...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Steel

"La Fonda" C. Eames by H. Miller Space Age Design Fiberglass Shell Two Chair
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brescia, IT
Black fiberglass shell seat Aluminium base.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames "Translucent" Arm Shell Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great pair of lemon yellow arm shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames.. manufactured by Herman Miller,, early elusive see-thrugh "Translucent" fiberglass parchment shells.. L...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Charles Eames Bucket Chairs with Two-Tone Original Fabric
By Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very unusual pair of Charles Eames, it is quit rare with a two-tone fabric, Alexander Girard fabric with naugahyde.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Production DCM by Charles Eames red 1950s
By Charles Eames
Located in Dallas, TX
Early Production red analine dye DCM designed by Charles Eames manufactured by Herman Miller. Chair is in very good original condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Metal

Single DCW Dining Chair by Charles Eames for Vitra Plywood 1999
By Charles Eames
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful DCW dining chair, designed by Charles Eames and manufactured by Vitra. Made from Ash veneered moulded plywood with rubber mounts. Vitra label to the underside, dated 1999...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Ash, Plywood

Set of 4 Dcw Dining Chairs by Charles Eames for Vitra Plywood 1999
By Charles Eames
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful set of 4 DCW dining chairs, designed by Charles Eames and manufactured by Vitra. Made from Ash veneered moulded plywood with rubber mounts. Vitra labels to the underside, ...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Ash, Plywood

Eames Grey Fiberglass DSR on Eiffel Tower Base
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Very nice original version of the iconic Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass shell chair on Eiffel Tower, or Cage, base. The grey shell is original to the base, not a later marriage, or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Chairs

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Iron

Charles Eames chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Charles Eames Chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Charles Eames collection to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 44 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Charles Eames' original chairs were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Dunbar, Adrian Pearsall and Paul McCobb. Prices for Charles Eames chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$500 and tops out at US$18,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,120 on average.

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