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Charles Eames DCW Dining Chairs by Herman Miller, circa 1950

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Charles Eames DCW dining chairs by Herman Miller, circa 1950 Rare early pair of DCW chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in 1946, labelled 'Charles Eames design Herman Miller Zeeland Michigan, circa 1950. Original Herman Miller label to the underside of one of the chairs. ??Provenance: These chairs have been on loan at the London Design Museum since 1993. The vendor, Johan Polak, lived in Philadelphia and worked for the United Nations as a graphic artist. Condition: Both chairs have been fully restored and are offered in perfect condition with absolutely no faults. Dimensions: Height 26 ” inches / 67cm Width 22” inches / 56cm Depth 24” inches / 63cm Seat height 17” inches / 43cm.

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  • Dimensions
    H 26 in. x W 22 in. x D 24 in.H 66.04 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 60.96 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1832317441642
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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.


     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.


     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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