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Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Plywood DCW Dining Chairs, 1950s Set of 2

$3,502.88per set

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The DCW chair was originally released in 1946, with Herman Miller taking over the manufacture of the chairs in 1950. This lasted until 1953 when the chairs were taken out of production until 1994. These chairs are 2nd generation (1st generation Herman Miller) as identified by the 5-2-4 screw pattern on the base and the rounded alu feet. Since its original inception the DCW has become one of the most iconic chair designs of the 20th century. The plywood chairs feature a distinctive silhouette, with a curved seat and lower legs at the back. These chairs are the perfect way to introduce a design classic into a contemporary home. Classic and timeless, these chairs will make a fantastic addition to a dining room or kitchen table.

Details

  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.75 in (73 cm)Width: 19.3 in (49 cm)Depth: 21.66 in (55 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in (44 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Repaired: Repair to the front seat of one chair. Additional repairs under the seats (filling cracks). Wear consistent with age and use. General marks and scratches with some chips around the edges of the ply. One chair has a repair on the seat and the other has a chip on the backrest.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DC000361stDibs: LU4510225134652

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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