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DCM

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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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Pair of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCMs in White Ash
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two Eames DCMs (Dining Chair Metal) in white ash with chrome legs. Minor scratches and wear to edges upon close inspection. Overall very good to excellent condition. Signed.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

Set of Five 'DCM' Dining Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
By Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of five DCM (Dining Chair Metal) chairs by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller are in red stained Birch wood and signed under each chair with Herman Miller labels as can...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Six Eames DCM Dining Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of six molded walnut ply DCM dining chairs with chromed metal frames having nylon foot pads to protect your floors . Some still retain the manufactures label to the seat bottom...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

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 multiple surfaces. Signed and guara...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Walnut DCW Chairs, Set of 6
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller mid century walnut DCW chairs - Set of 6 Each chair measures: 19 wide x 22 deep x 30 inches high, with a seat height of 18 inches ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

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 chrome steel bases. Original...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

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 ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

First Generation Eames for Herman Miller DCM
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
First generation DCM chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Dark walnut molded plywood construction with chrome rod base.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Set of Four Eames DCMs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Set of four DCMs in blackened plywood with black chromed metal bases and angled boot glides. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller, circa 1950's.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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

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Chrome

Eames for Evans DCM Chair
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Black aniline DCM dining chair by Charles and Ray Eames. these first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Chair has labels intact fit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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

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Metal

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Metal Leg Dining Chairs DCM for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of Eames dining chair metal ( DCM ) for Herman Miller. Blonde laminate plywood seats in original finish on recently matte black powder coated wrought iron frames.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Early Eames Dcm by Evans Products, circa 1946/1947
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Eames DCM manufactured by Evans products, dating to 1946/1947. Original label remains under seat panel. In good condition given the age, with minor wear and losses. Absolutely ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

Early Eames DCM Dining Chair in Walnut by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Evans Products Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare and early Eames DCM chair in walnut. A collector’s piece dating to 1946-1950 because of the metal flanges where the backrest attaches. Original back and seat panels with excelle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Exquisite and Rare Rosewood Herman Miller Eames DCM Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These don’t turn up very often. A rare rosewood DCM chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Rosewood was not a standard finish and was only available by custom spe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

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. Herman Miller label designed by Charl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Fine Charles Eames for Evans Sold by Herman Miller Ash Grain DCM Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Chrome

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

1st Edition Pre Herman Miller Eames DCM by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous 1st edition Eames DCM chair. Manufactured by Evans Products before Herman Miller took over manufacturing. Ash plywood finish. Steel base with circular flanges indicating fir...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

1940s Evans Edition Eames DCM Dining Chair in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare and very early Eames DCM dining chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Evans products in the 1940s. This is before Herman Miller took over production in 1...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

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. Chair is like new. I have never seen another like it. Collector's item. Maintains black meda...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Early Eames DCM Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early production oak bent plywood side chair with plated frame, domed feet and underside clamp styled base construction. Retains factory ink stamp date to the bottom 12- 1951 manu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Herman Miller Eames DCM Chair in Walnut
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
All original early Herman Miller Eames DCM chair in walnut. Marked 1951. Gorgeous patina and black iron base. Original mounts and glides.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Eames for Evans DCM chairs
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of black aniline DCM dining chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. These first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Both chairs have l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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

Charles and Ray Eames Pre- Production DCM Evans Production Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare and Early Charles and Ray Eames Pre-production Evans Birch DCM. Seldom seen and in remarkable condition! Originally bought by an Architect, still in the original family until we...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Ash Aniline Red DCM by Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
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

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

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

Rare DCM Side Chair with Magazine Rack by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Dorchester, MA
This rare iteration of the Eames's DCM side chair, produced by Herman Miller between 1950 and 1954, features a chrome wire magazine rack below the seat. The bent plywood is finished ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Eames for Evans DCM Chair
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Black aniline DCM dining chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. These first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Chair has labels intact an...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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 steel chair is a Classic design. Sometimes referred to as ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

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