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Eames DCW Chair
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Eames DCW Chair

About the Design

Although their ubiquitous leather lounge might be more recognizable, there’s arguably no chair that better embodies the design ethos of Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) than the DCW dining chair. It was introduced at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in a 1946 exhibition titled “New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames.” (Ray was notably absent from the exhibition title, despite being a full collaborator on the work.) 

In its design, construction and manufacturing, the DCW is pure Eames. It was born of functionality and comfort, crafted in a shape that the ever-inquisitive Eameses decided would provide optimal support for a large number of people. “We found that comfort depended more on the perfect molding to the body shape than it did on the way the bone structure was supported,” Charles noted in a 1954 film on the piece. “If the structure was supported properly, the hard and rigid material, like molded plywood, can provide a remarkably high degree of comfort.”

This proper support is the result of the chair’s five distinct parts: a pair of two-legged bases, a bentwood seat, a bentwood back and a long piece of bentwood that connects each of these. Such construction allows for a certain flexibility in movement between the seat and the back without requiring any type of complicated adjustment mechanism.

The Eameses developed the DCW while tinkering with the “Kazam! Machine,” a mechanism they invented to press and mold wood veneer. In their Los Angeles apartment, the couple would place a sheet of wood veneer into the machine, then top it with a layer of glue. After repeating these steps 5 to 11 times and ensuring the layers were set in place, the Kazam! Machine was clamped shut and a bicycle pump inflated a balloon to press the layers into their molded shape. Charles and Ray then cut the mold and sanded each finished shape by hand. 

The Kazam! Machine was a direct result of Charles and Ray’s determination to conceive an efficient, inexpensive means of production. Plywood, too, was a significant choice. Not unlike the molded plastic with which the Eameses would experiment, plywood was relatively cheap and easily available, rendering it optimal for the kind of democratic design the couple championed.

The Eames DCW chair has appeared (and continues to appear) in interiors by top designers all over the world. Today, it remains a top seller for Herman Miller — with equal credit given to Charles and Ray.

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1940s Dark Brown Walnut DCW Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Beautiful und really rare DCW chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames. The chair is made out of walnut and has a beautiful and unique patina. Manufactured by Evans in 1945. Together w...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut, Plywood

Ray & Charles Eames Slunk Skin DCW for Evans Company
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A molded ash plywood DCW (dining chair wood) frame with slunk skin upholstered seat and seat back. Produced between 1948-1953 and having the early 12 screw configuration to the botto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Animal Skin

Eames 1940s Evans Production DCW's for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
An early pair (1946-1949) of Evans production DCW chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Original labels intact. The chairs have been thoroughly cleaned, but have not be...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Plywood DCW Dining Chairs, 1950s Set of 2
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in London, GB
The DCW chair was originally released in 1946, with Herman Miller taking over the manufacture of the chairs in 1950. This lasted until 1953 when the chairs were taken out of producti...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Evans Production Eames DCW in Birch, 'B'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Evans-production DCW dining chair in birch designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1946. 5-2-5 screw pattern and original Evans/Herman Miller label present indicates this exampl...
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Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch, Plywood

Evans Production Eames DCW in Birch, 'A'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Evans-production DCW dining chair in birch designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1946. 5-2-5 screw pattern and original Evans/Herman Miller label present indicates this exampl...
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Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch, Plywood

Eames DCW in Original Red Aniline Dye
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Molded plywood DCW, likely ash, in original red aniline dye, designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller, 1950's. Nice example of this iconic design in the relati...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plywood

Charles and Ray Eames DCW for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Belmont, MA
DCW by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in original condition. Legs attached with 5/2/4 screw configuration. Original patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plywood

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Walnut DCW Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller mid century walnut DCW chair The chair measures: 19.25 wide x 21.5 deep x 28.75 high, with a seat height/chair clearance of 18 inches All pieces of furn...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

Charles and Ray Eames Early DCW Oak Dining Chair for Herman Miller, 1953
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DCW dining side chair in Oak plywood. The oak veneer is in good condition with nice patina and minor user marks. Early Herman Miller production from September 1953 (4-2-5 scre...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Oak, Plywood

Charles and Ray Eames for Evans Pair of DCW Chairs, Ca. 1950
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Charles and Ray Eames for Evans pair of DCW chairs, ca. 1950. Pair of original Charles and Ray Eames for Evans Products DCW (dining chair wood). Beautiful original condition with no ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Birch

A Classic Charles Eames Evans DCW 1940's
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic, original, early production Charles Eames Evans Products, DCW (dining chair wood) in red analine dye.
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Vintage 1940s American Chairs

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Mahogany

Four 1940s Early Eames DCW Dining Chairs by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare set of four DCW dining chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Evans Products. These were produced in the 1940s before Herman Miller took over production. M...
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Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Birch

Pair of Early Walnut Eames DCWs Dining Chair Wood for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous pair of early Eames DCW dining chairs in walnut. An ergonomic dining chair that is attractive as is comfortable to lounge in, like its brother the LCW. These iconic dining c...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Charles and Ray Eames "DCW" Dining Chairs, 1940s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Iconic set of four “DCW” chairs by Charles and Ray Eames in walnut plywood, circa 1940s - first generation. Early Evans production, 5/2/5 screw configuration underneath. Chairs ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

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