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1950s Early Production 'DCM' Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed

$3,800per set

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This set of four (4) early production DCM (Dining Chair Metal) chairs by Ray and Charles Eames is for Herman Millers earlier years (1956 to 1959) and therefore are collectors items and much more valuable than new production examples. Signed under each chair with Herman Miller patent labels and two chairs with original Herman Miller silver medallion stickers which date the years of production to 1956 to 1959. *Priced as a set of four in this listing, contact us if you wish to purchase a pair. These extremely sought after chairs are fabricated from molded walnut plywood seats, not to be confused with bentwood chairs, and backs attached to a metal base, creating a minimal silhouette. The grain of the walnut veneer varies from chair to chair, exhibiting a range of movement and uniqueness within the set. The original Herman Miller silver medallion stickers and labels can be found underneath one of the chairs. Two chairs have both the medallion and patent label and two chairs have the patent label and you can see the outline of where the medallion sticker was (see last photo). The silver Herman Miller medallion dates the chairs to 1956 - 1964 and the patent label dates the chairs to 1956 - 1959 based on the particular set of patent numbers listed. Therefore this set would have been produced somewhere from 1956 to 1959 based on these details. Originally introduced to the world in 1946 at an exclusive MoMa exhibit, the "Eames Molded Plywood Chair" collection which included the LCW (Low or Lounge Chair Wood), LCM (Low Chair Metal), DCW (Dining Chair Wood) and DCM (Dining Chair Metal) chairs have captured the attention of designers and collectors for decades. These coveted dining side chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller would be a great addition used together or individually around the home as part of a classic or contemporary dining room, living room, den, family room, office or bedroom. They would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. MEASUREMENTS: H 30" x W 19.5" x D 21" Seat Height 17.5" Seat Depth 16.5" CONDITION: Very good vintage condition with light patina. Some minor scratches and nicks to wood and oxidation to metal frames as to be expected with age. Attractive prime collectors examples. Presents very well and ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles and Ray Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Ray Eames (Designer),Charles Eames (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960s
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition with light patina. Some minor scratches and nicks to wood and oxidation to metal frames as to be expected with age. Attractive prime collectors examples. Presents very well and ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330223966752

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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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