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Eames DAX Chair

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The scooped form of the revolutionary single-shell Eames molded fiberglass armchair — of which the Eames DAX chair is a variation — is ubiquitous in interior design today, found everywhere from restaurants to private homes to offices. In 1948, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) conceptualized a lounge chair comprising two bonded fiberglass shells as well as a molded fiberglass armchair for the Museum of Modern Art’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in New York City. The latter took second prize, and the Eames molded fiberglass armchair as we know it was born and brought to market two years later.


Charles and Ray met at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, a breeding ground for some of the best-known mid-century modern designers in America. They collaborated on various projects before getting married in 1941. After establishing the Eames Office in Los Angeles, California, Charles and Ray would garner universal renown for their pioneering work in architecture, film, graphic design and furniture, producing timeless designs in their lounge chair, DCW chair and many more.


Partly an evolution of the molded plywood experimentation conducted by Charles and Eero Saarinen — with lesser heralded assistance from Ray — the Eames fiberglass armchair system featured a fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat positioned atop a variety of bases. DAX is an acronym for Dining (D) Armchair (A) on X-Base (X), referring to the height of the chair, the style of the chair’s body and the base of the chair. Today Eames DAX chairs, supported by a four-legged tubular steel base, are manufactured by Herman Miller and Vitra, both of which produce a fiberglass model as well as a polypropylene version.

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Red Leather 'Dax' Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
A Dax rope edge fiberglass Zenith shell chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Co. with aluminum-finished legs retaining the original red leather upholstery over a f...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Herman Miller Eames Molded Fiberglass DAX Shell Arm Chair H Base in Seal Brown
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous DAX molded fiberglass shell armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller with H base, Summit marking, and nylon feet in Seal brown. Wonderful vintage condition with s...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Green Leather 'Dax' Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Category

Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Steel, Leather

Charles & Ray Eames "Eggshell" Fiberglass Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic modern fiberglass armchair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller in the United States, circa 1950s. This Classic lightweight chair design features a fiberglass she...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

1960s Leather DAX Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A 'DAX' rope edge fiberglass zenith shell chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames with brass-finished legs retaining the original turquoise green leather upholstery over a matching fib...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Eames Early Shell Chair Lounge Height for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early second generation parchment fiberglass arm shell chair with large shock mounts and black iron base in the rare lower lounge height . Having slip on black boot feet of rubber...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Rare Navy Blue Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass DAX Armchair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Spectacular and rare Herman Miller Eames fiberglass armchair. Gorgeous textured shell on black steel base. All shock mounts intact and self leveling floor glides present. This is a v...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

DAX Dining Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller 1960s Set of 6
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 6 fiberglass chairs. Chrome-plated metal base. Little wear and tear (see photo).  
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Vintage 1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

DAX Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rope edge fiberglass "Zenith" shell chair with a brushed steel X-base, in elephant grey.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Low DAX Shell Armchair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in St. Louis, MO
Charles and Ray Eames second generation Zenith shell armchair, black enameled metal legs in X-pattern, large shock mounts, pale yellow fiberglass shell, fiberglass is free of chips, ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DAX Chairs, Pair, circa 1950
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This pair of DAXs is in fine vintage condition. We paired them with our ultra luxe Gotland sheepskin for a cozy, extreme hygge look and feel. Herman Miller USA, 1950. Molded ...
Category

Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Fiberglass

Elephant Hide Gray Eames Herman Miller Molded Fiberglass DAX Arm Shell Chair H B
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome example of the Charles and Ray Eames DAX fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman Miller. It is in elephant hide gray with a black H base and unusual glide feet. It retains a pa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Lemon Yellow Dax Herman Miller 'Zenith Rope' Dining Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Dax chair in natural (pale) lemon yellow color. Chair is in very good condition with only light traces of use. First generation zenith plastics production with rope. Signed wi...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

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