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Charles Eames Dining Room 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
1940 Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen for Vitra Organic Conference Chairs, Set of 4
By Charles Eames, Vitra, Eero Saarinen
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The iconic classic organic chair was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen in 1940 as a joint entry to the "organic design in home furnishings" A competition organized by the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Ash, Oak, Fabric

Six Charles Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Modern Dining Room Side Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in West Hartford, CT
Set of six matching Charles Eames for Herman Miller dining or side chairs. All make hallmarks are present and accounted for. The wood is walnut. Very good condition. Why not own an...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen for Vitra Organic Dining Chairs Pair
By Charles Eames, Vitra, Eero Saarinen
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The iconic classic organic chair was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen in 1940 as a joint entry to the "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" A competition organized by the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Ash, Oak

Dcw Dining Chairs Ash by Charles & Ray Eames for Evans / Herman Miller, 1940s
By Herman Miller, Evans Products Company, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Vorst, BE
DCW (dining chair wood) chairs In ash veneer. First generation chairs produced by Evans Products Company and distributed by Herman Miller between 1946 and 1950. All 4 retain the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Ash, Plywood

Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A nice early set of four DCW chairs designed by Charles Eames and produced by Herman Miller in the 1950's. These feature dark stained plywood construction. Nice warm patina and likel...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Analine Red Eames DCM Dining Chair Original Patina
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Framingham, MA
Gorgeous rare analine red DCM by Charles & Ray Eames - second generation. Lots of wear and patina everywhere. I cleaned the metal up and cleaned the oxidation off but some plating lo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Pair Eames DCM in Worn Original Ebonized Finish
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of early production Dining Chair Metal DCM designed by the Charles and Ray Eames team . Black wrought iron frames support black aniline dyed wood seats and backs. Finish shows w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

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 walnut unfortunately, they were once painted black they've been restored back to natural satin wi...
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Mid-19th Century American Mid-Century Modern Antique Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Charles & Ray Eames DSR side chair Medium Blue fiberglass for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DSR (Dining Side chair Rod base) chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller / Vitra. Molded fiberglass shell in the rare contract colour Medium Blue. Assembled ...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Zinc

Charles & Ray Eames DSX Side Chair Natural Multicolor Set for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic side chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller / Vitra. Molded fiberglass shells in the colours: Parchment, Raw Umber, Elephant Hide Grey and Black. Assembled...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Original Eames Leather Aluminum Group Side Chairs Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Eames swivel leather aluminum group side chairs. Chairs are from 2007 and 2009. We believe the leather is the chocolate color. Eighteen chairs available.
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Early 2000s American Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles and Ray Eames Second Generation Zenith Armchair
By Charles Eames
Located in San Mateo, CA
Second generation Zenith fiberglass armchair by Charles and Ray Eames. This chair is elephant hide grey. The chair is missing one glide. The screws are likely not original. There are...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Second Generation Zenith Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles Eames
Located in San Mateo, CA
Second generation Zenith fiberglass armchair by Charles and Ray Eames. This chair is lemon yellow. The chair is missing one glide. The screws are likely not original. There are a cou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Charles & Ray Eames DSX Side Chair Blue Multicolor Set for Herman Miller
By Vitra, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic side chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller / Vitra. Molded fiberglass shells in the colours: Parchment, navy blue, elephant hide grey and ocean blue. Asse...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Steel

Early Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM Chairs, Newly Restored
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and outstanding iconic set of six early "DCM" chairs By Charles Eames for Herman Miller USA, 1950s Bent walnut plywood seats and backs, with metal frame. Measures:...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Cowhide, Ash

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Zebrawood DCM Chairs, Rare
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in St. Louis, MO
Charles Eames for Herman Miller Zebrawood DCM chairs, rare set. Zebrawood was used from 1954-1959. Very nice original condition, minor scuffs to seat. Labels.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Early Pair of Charles Eames Fiberglass Arm Shell Chairs "Elephant Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early pair of Charles Eames fiberglass arm shell chairs "Elephant Hyde Grey" Herman Miller. Nice original condition, retains original gel coat, exposed fibers, dated 1958. Classic Mi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Early Pair of Charles Eames Fiberglass Arm Shell Chairs "Crimson" Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early pair of Charles Eames fiberglass arm shell chairs "Crimson" orange, Herman Miller. Nice original condition, retains original gel coat, exposed fibers, dated 1958. Classic Mid-C...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Classic Set of 4 Charles Eames Fiberglass Scoop /Side Chairs 1950s Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic set of 4 Charles Eames fiberglass scoop /side chairs 1950s Herman Miller. Nice early group dated 1958-1959, 2 lemon yellow, 1 crimson orange, 1 elephant hide grey, all 4 in n...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable dining chairs in very good condition with normal light wear. Lightweight chrome-plated aluminum frame with swivel mechanism and black (very strong) netweave upholstery. S...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Mid-Century Charles Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Dining Chairs in Orange
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Here we have an iconic design classic from the Mid-Century Modern period. This vintage fiberglass shell chair was designed by Charles Eames and produced by Herman Miller, circa 1972....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Iron

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Rubber

Early Charles Eames for Herman Miller Red Aniline DCM
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Charles Eames for Herman Miller red Aniline stained DCM with early glides, no label. Shock mounts are still solid, there is wear and loss to finish, see photos.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

DCW Dining Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early, Mid-Century Modern oak 'DCW' dining chair designed by Charles Eames with a double shock-mount to the backrest. Manufactured by Herman Miller in the USA, circa 1950s.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Six Classic Fiberglass Swivel Side Shell Chairs Charles Eames, Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Six Classic Mid-Century Modern fiberglass swivel side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller. Remarkable condition for there age, early example...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen for Vitra 1940 Organic Conference Chairs, a Pair
By Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Vitra
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The iconic classic Organic chair was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen in 1940 as a joint entry to the "Organic design in home furnishings" A competition organized by the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Ash, Oak

Charles & Ray Eames DSR Side Chair Ocean Blue for Vitra / Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DSR (dining side chair rod base) chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra / Herman Miller. Molded fiberglass shell in the rare colour Ocean Blue. Assembled on an orig...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Zinc

Charles and Ray Eames DAX Elephant Grey Armchair Herman Miller 'Zenith Plastics'
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DAX chair in Elephant hide grey designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The chair is in very good condition with only light traces of use. First generation Zenith Plastics producti...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles and Ray Eames DAX Salmon Armchair Herman Miller 'Zenith Plastics'
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DAX chair in Salmon fibreglass designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The chair is in very good condition with only light traces of use. First generation Zenith Plastics productio...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Pair Charles Eames D C W 'dining chairs' Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic pair of early production plywood chairs, second generation, Designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by Herman Miller, Amazing original condition, wonderful color, patina.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Set 4 Early Eames Fiberglass DSR Chairs on Eiffel Tower Bases
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice early gray patina on a set of 4 Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass shell chairs. Wonderfull exposed fibers, earlier production with original slotted screws attaching Eiffel tower ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Eames Seal Brown DSX Dining Chair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful iconic DSX chair in the color: Seal brown. The side shell chair is in very good condition with only slight traces of use. Replaced shock mounts which guarantee save usabili...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Zinc

Set of Six Multicolored Eames DSX Dining Chairs for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful iconic DSX chairs in natural colors: Greige, Sea Foam Green, Olive Green Dark, Navy Blue, Elephant Hide Grey and Black / Charcoal. The shells are in very good condition wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles Eames dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Charles Eames dining 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 dining room chairs collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 36 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Charles Eames dining chairs were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dining room chairs by Dunbar, Edward Wormley and Paul McCobb. Charles Eames dining room chairs can vary in price, size, time period and other factors. Price for these items starts at $500 and tops out at $18,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,967 on average.
Questions About Charles Eames Dining Room Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames are famous for their chair designs. The couple released their first iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman in 1956 and went on to create more chairs that changed the idea of comfortable seating. In addition to being great furniture designers, Ray and Charles were also graphic and textile designers, architects and film-makers. Shop a collection of Eames chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rosewood was the favorite wood of famed American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Rosewood made its way into some of the duo’s most celebrated designs, including the iconic Eames lounge chair. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of genuine Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    For Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs designed for Herman Miller, molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and cast aluminum were used in production. You can shop a collection of Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames have been recognized as the 20th century’s most influential designers and are best known for their highly recognizable chairs. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are an iconic duo in modern-styled furniture, and s​ome of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel. Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.

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