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During World War II, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) worked with the United States Navy to make a new leg splint. Recognizing that metal splints could further injure a wounded person through the vibrations of their material, the couple created a new model with molded plywood. That wartime experience propelled the Eameses to continue their explorations in plywood. In 1946, they debuted the DCM, its shortened name referencing the “Dining Height (D) Side Chair (C) on Metal (M) Rod Base.” 

The DCM was featured in “New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames” at the Museum of Modern Art, even though the pieces on view were the fruit of the highly collaborative process between Charles and his wife, Ray. In fact, the sculptural form of the DCM’s seat and separate back — which earned it the nickname “Potato Chip” chair — were largely influenced by Ray’s interest in abstract art, such as Alexander Calder’s mobiles and Joan Miró’s biomorphic forms. Inventive in its application of the plywood molding process for its birch material, the DCM is shaped to fit the sitter’s body. Its use of tubular steel is also worthy of note — an innovation that makes it look as if the plywood seat and back are floating in place. Rubber “shock” mounts allow the parts to be easily screwed together.

When it was brought to the mass market by Herman Miller in 1947, the DCM was an almost instant success for its lightweight portability and versatility. It is still among the most popular models produced by Herman Miller, exemplifying the Eameses’ influential legacy in modern living.

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Herman Miller Eames Wenge Wood Veneer DCM
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extremely rare combination of wenge wood veneer and dark eggplant frame. No veneer chips. Special custom order. Chair is in very good condition. Collector's item. Maintains black med...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM Chairs, 2004
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM Chairs, 2004. Very nice pair of Charles Eames for Herman Miller Dining Chairs Metal (DCM) in mold...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

Mid- Century Charles and Ray Eames DCM Chairs in Original Cowhide, Set of Four
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wichita, KS
Gorgeous set of 4 Mid- Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Herman Miller DCM dining chairs in Original Cowhide. Gorgeous tricolor hide in unique patrerns.. Each Chair has some po...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

DCM (Dining Chair Metal Base) by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Doral, FL
DCM (Dining Chair Metal Legs) by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Ebony Stained Ash Bentwood with Chromed Metal Base
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Four Eames Herman Miller Chrome Frame Calico Ash DCM chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Set of four Eames for Herman Miller DCM chairs . Calico Ash grain laminate wood on chrome steel frames . Wood is in original finish which does show some wear , chrome frames are in f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Herman Miller Eames DCM Dining Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Herman Miller Eames DCM dining chair set. Executed in ash and chrome steel bases. All screws and self leveling glides intact. In even condition with...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Ch...

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Steel

Eames "DCM" Molded Plywood Chairs for Herman Miller in Rare Cherry
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Bent plywood chairs produced by Herman Miller and designed by Charles and Ray Eames. This chair is in great vintage condition, shows better than expected with little signs of use. Of...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Signed 1950s Herman Miller Eames DCM Dining Chair in Ash
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful early Herman Miller production DCM in Ash. In original unrestored condition. Signed and guaranteed authentic. Circa 1950s with all glides and screws intact. Beautiful aged ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 First Edition Eames Evans DCM Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
Four Early DCM chairs designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Evans, distributed by Herman Miller. Labels remain intact on all four chairs. Shock mounts has been...
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Vintage 1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Pair Eames DCM in Worn Original Ebonized Finish
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, 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 Side Chairs

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Steel

DCM Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
DCM chair (Dining metal chair) by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Designed in 1946, this molded plywood + chromed ste...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Fine Charles Eames for Evans Sold by Herman Miller Ash Grain DCM Dining Chair
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Very nice early production Charles and Ray Eames designed dining chair metal (DCM ). Clean chrome frame supports ash grain seat and back. Retains original Eames Evans Herman Miller w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Eames DCM Dining Chair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Eames DCM dining chair in black. Colored ash seat and back along with chrome frame. Self leveling nylon glides intact, allowing for use on mul...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

16 DCM Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
DCM chair (Dining metal chair) by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Designed in 1946, this molded plywood + chromed steel chair is a classic design. Sometimes referred to as the "potato chip chair...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Rare Early Set of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Chairs in Zebrawood
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in East Hampton, NY
A set of 4 of beautifully grained early DCM chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in a very hard to find zebrawood pressure molded plywood on chr...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eames for Evans Ebonized DCM
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early ebonized DCM dining chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, made by Evans for Herman Miller. Molded plywood has great age, wearing its original patina handsomely. Original fi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

Charles Eames DCM Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Vienna, AT
Charles Eames DCM dining chair with seat and back of molded walnut veneer, chromed steel. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1946. Produced by Herma...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Eames DCM Herman Miller Dining Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Eames designed DCM (Dining Chair Metal). Chairs This pair of chairs are currently in later, but not new, orange paint finish, the metal frames are also in later black paint f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Black Eames DCM Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have 4 black DCM (dining chair metal) chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Original and in great condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Collector's early Eames DCM chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collector's early Eames DCM chair
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Vintage 1950s American Slipper Chairs

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Bentwood

Early Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCM Chair in Oak, 1953
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early Charles Eames for Herman Miller Company molded plywood dining chair in oak with wonderful patina. The oak version is very rare, only one year in production.      
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Ash Aniline Red DCM by Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare aniline dyed red ash DCM chair with satin chrome frame. By Herman Miller with original foil tag.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Early Eames Aniline Dyed DCM Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Black aniline dyed wood seat and back DCM (dining chair metal) chromed metal framed side chair, domes of silence foot pads and early foil label....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Early Charles and Ray Eames Herman Miller Black Aniline Dye DCM
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller dining chair metal (legs) DCM.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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