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Charles & Ray Eames DAR Eiffel Rope Edge Chair, 1st Generation, 1950

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Charles Eames (1907-1978) & Ray Eames (1912-1988) for Zenith Plastics / HermanMiller DAR Eiffel rope-edge chair Venice, California / Zeeland, Michigan, 1950 fiberglass, enameled steel early sticker label Measures: 24 7/8" W x 23 5/8" D x 31 3/8" H All original parts, including rare first gen. feet, which date the piece to the first batch of production (1950). Labelled. Gorgeous museum worthy piece. Quite possibly one of the most famous and iconic chairs ever, the Eames DAR would most commonly become known as the ‘eiffel chair’ due to its sculptured wire base resembling that of Europe’s most notorious landmark. The very first generation of the Eames DAR Eiffel Chair was recognizable not only for the ‘rope edge’ shell but also due to the protruding ‘1st gen’ feet as opposed to boot glides or later plastic feet. The abbreviated Eames DAR Chair stands for the Eames Dining (D) height, Arm (A) Chair, on Rod (R) Base released in the first year of arm chair production of the fiberglass series developed to the marketplace in 1950. The early success of the Eames arm chairs, released in 1950, was a co-ordinated effort between the Eames . Office (Designers), Zenith Plastics (Manufacturers) and Herman Miller (Distributors). The chair series was always designed to have interchangeable bases and the DAR was one of the ‘original 5’ alongside the DAX X-base, LAR cats cradle, RAR Rocker and DAW dowel chair. As production veered towards the commercial market in the 1960’s, the R base type was discontinued in 1967 but re-issued since 2001.
  • Creator:
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Zenith (Manufacturer),Herman Miller (Maker)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 32 in (81.28 cm)Width: 25 in (63.5 cm)Depth: 24 in (60.96 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1951
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Sun fading to shell. Wear to sticker. Structurally sound. All part appear original. Very good vintage condition. Painted base might have been touched up at some point. Retains all original 1st generation feet.
  • Seller Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU4190322699892
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