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Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DKX-1 Chair, Black Leather, H-Base, 1955

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Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DKX-1 chair, black leather, H-base, circa 1954, Boot glides Pricing is per chair. Please change quantity to 4 to purchase entire set. The abbreviated Eames DKX chair, part of the Wire Mesh Series, stood for Dining (D) height, K-Wire (K) chair on X-base (X). As with all the mesh series, the numbers represented the upholstery cut, with 1 meaning the full chair cover and 2 the two-part ‘bikini’ version. The X in the name of the DKX, LKX and MKX stands for the X-base, an original patterned base with a clear criss-cross where the base joins the top. This base was developed for the plastic series and was later utilized for the wire mesh chairs. The X-base was replaced in 1954 for the lighter and more versatile ‘H Base’ but for the sake of continuity the X in the name stayed, even to this day with the later re-launch. The countless welds on the Eames DKX side chair were done with what is known as resistance welding. This works by passing electric current through the metal until it gets so hot it bonds any connecting adjacent metal wires. This is why repaired welds done manually can often be easily seen and less likely to appear as clean as the original. The early DKX chairs were only available in black with black leather covers. Other finishes and colors were available much later into the 1960s before the entire wire (K) range is discontinued in 1967. Original labels were included on the upholstery cover. The early original DKX had boot slides as seen on these chairs which date them to between 1955-1958. In 1958, Herman Miller switched over to the screw in, self leveling nylon slides that are still in use today.

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Eames DAX Chair

The scooped form of the revolutionary single-shell Eames molded fiberglass armchair — of which the Eames DAX chair is a variation — is ubiquitous in interior design today, found everywhere from restaurants to private homes to offices. In 1948, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) conceptualized a lounge chair comprising two bonded fiberglass shells as well as a molded fiberglass armchair for the Museum of Modern Art’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in New York City. The latter took second prize, and the Eames molded fiberglass armchair as we know it was born and brought to market two years later. Charles and Ray met at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, a breeding ground for some of the best-known mid-century modern designers in America. They collaborated on various projects before getting married in 1941. After establishing the Eames Office in Los Angeles, California, Charles and Ray would garner universal renown for their pioneering work in architecture, film, graphic design and furniture, producing timeless designs in their lounge chair, DCW chair and many more. Partly an evolution of the molded plywood experimentation conducted by Charles and Eero Saarinen — with lesser heralded assistance from Ray — the Eames fiberglass armchair system featured a fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat positioned atop a variety of bases. DAX is an acronym for Dining (D) Armchair (A) on X-Base (X), referring to the height of the chair, the style of the chair’s body and the base of the chair. Today Eames DAX chairs, supported by a four-legged tubular steel base, are manufactured by Herman Miller and Vitra, both of which produce a fiberglass model as well as a polypropylene version.
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