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Set of Four Eames DCMs

US$2,800per set

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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.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Replacements made: A few angled boot glides replaced. Repaired: Professional re-glue to one set of back shock mounts. Professional touch-ups to edges of the seats. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Fair condition with loss of dye or paint throughout but primarily to front of seat backs. One set of shock mounts professionally re-glued to a seat back.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU828525745802

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Design

DCM

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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