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Early Eames Sculptural Walnut DCW by Herman Miller ( A )

$1,650

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A sculptural DCW with flamed dark walnut graining to the seat and back giving this chair a rich wow factor, this early production chair has the five screw pattern to the bottom. A mid century iconic design from the team of Ray and Charles Eames designing for the Herman Miller Furniture company. Using bent ply methods that were both light weight, strong and able to express the designers artistic and agronomical functionality and still fresh by today's standards. This vintage period chair was from the original owners estate who was a mid century architect.

Details

  • Creator
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.75 in. (73.03 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 17.25 in. (43.82 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Replacements made: The chairs back shock mounts were professionally replaced . Wear consistent with age and use. In great condition with the wood being restored .
  • Seller Location
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU925124072702

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    Ships From: Cincinnati, OH
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Design

Eames DCW Chair

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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