Set of Four Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles Eames Designed in 1951 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 19 images

Set of Four Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles Eames Designed in 1951

About

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames Manufacture: Herman Miller Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: US Date: 1951.

Details

  • Condition Details
    1 weld break on 1 chair
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages.
  • Dimensions
    H 31 in. x W 18 in. x D 21 in.H 78.74 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 53.34 cm
  • Seller Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU915113309012
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 3 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

About the Seller

No Reviews Yet
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2011
Located in St. Louis, MO
More From This Seller
Pair of Charles and Ray Eames LTR Table by Herman Miller
Pair of Charles and Ray Eames LTR Table by Herm...
Charles and Ray Eames
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Designer: Eames Manufacturer: Herman Miller Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s.
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining Chairs
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Designer: Paul McCobb Manufacture: Directional Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s.
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining Chairs
$4,500 Sale Price / item
22% Off
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Designer: Paul McCobb Manufacture: Directional Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s Newly recovered.
Mies van der Rohe Brno Chrome Cantilever Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Mies van der Rohe Brno Chrome Cantilever Dining...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
Designer: Mies van der Rohe Manufacture: Gordon Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: US Date: 1970s.
You May Also Like
Set of Three Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles Eames Designed in 1951
Set of Three Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles ...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
For your consideration a set of three original wire chairs designed by Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Original vintage unrestored condition. Patina and rust present. D...
Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles Eames with Red Bikini Cover Designed in 1951
$2,292 Sale Price / set
31% Off
Wire Chair DKX 5 by Ray & Charles Eames with Re...
Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
Three original wire chairs DKX 5 designed by Ray & Charles Eames in 1951 and produced by Vitra. The three chairs have the original bikini cover in red. The chair legs have some ...
Wire Chair Modell DKX Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1950s
Wire Chair Modell DKX Designed by Charles and R...
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
With the wire chair made of welded steel wire, Charles and Ray Eames varied the theme of the organically shaped, one-piece seat shell with an expression of light transparency and hig...
Set of Four 1955 Ray & Charles Eames DCM Chairs
$2,900 / set
Set of Four 1955 Ray & Charles Eames DCM Chairs
Charles and Ray Eames
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Plywood
An early example of the walnut plywood Eames DCM chair in a set of four. Produced in 1955 by the Herman Miller Company. Walnut plywood back and seat with black enameled steel legs. ...
Charles & Ray Eames Dining Chairs Set of 4, Early Edition in Zenith Eiffel Legs
Charles & Ray Eames Dining Chairs Set of 4, Ear...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Fiberglass
Set of 4 iconic DSW Dining Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller in washed out yellow. Early edition in Zenith with Eiffel Legs. All four chairs are in good condition, each...
Charles and Ray Eames Rosewood DCM Chairs
$1,200 / item
Charles and Ray Eames Rosewood DCM Chairs
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Hard To Find In Rosewood DCM (Dining Chair Metal) Chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, circa 1960s. Beautiful graining to the rosewood. They are priced at $12...
1940s Ash Plywood LCW Chair by Charles & Ray Eames "F"
1940s Ash Plywood LCW Chair by Charles & Ray Ea...
Charles and Ray Eames, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Plywood
DCW Chair, plywood in ash, Charles & Ray Eames Iconic DCW chair by famous Charles & Ray Eames. The unusual organic shape of this object shows Charles & Ray Eames innovative use of l...
1940s Walnut Plywood DCW Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames, 4
1940s Walnut Plywood DCW Chairs by Charles & Ra...
Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Plywood
DCW chair, walnut plywood, by designer couple Eames Iconic set of DCW chairs by famous Charles & Ray Eames. The unusual organic shape of the dining chairs makes clear the designer...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries