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Evans Production Walnut DCM Chairs by Charles Eames, Set of Five, circa 1947

$9,500 per set

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This set of five (5) very rare Evans Production DCM chairs by Ray and Charles Eames predates Herman Miller produced versions. Being considered the "1st Generation" of DCMs this set is already extremely rare - but then add the fact that these are in the rare walnut option - this set is an excellent choice for the collector who wants only the best of the best. These original DMC Chairs (which stands for Dining Chair Metal) were produced by Evans Products Company at a time when Herman Miller owned the distribution rights but prior to when they also took over manufacturing. Evans Products Company was a renown wood products company that employed over 1,000 skilled laborers at their peak. These extremely sought after chairs are fabricated from molded 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 Evans Products label can be found underneath one of the chairs. Note that Herman Miller is also listed on the label as this was during the transition period while Herman Miller owned distribution rights but Evans still handled production. 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 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: 29.25" H x 19.25" W x 19.75" D Seat height 18.5" Seat depth 16.5" Very good vintage condition As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some minor scuffs and blemishes found on wood. Scratches and signs of oxidization on the frames. Present very well and ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Evans Products Company (Manufacturer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.25 in. (74.3 cm)Width: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)Depth: 19.75 in. (50.17 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1947
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some minor scuffs and blemishes found on wood. Scratches and signs of oxidization on the frames. Presents very well and ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU133029235993

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About the Designer

Charles Eames

The legacy of Charles Eames looms large in design. In partnership with his wife, Ray, Charles was at the forefront of pioneering innovation in the use of molded plywood for furniture making. The Eameses’ cheerful and inviting work has endured among the most important advancements in the history of 20th-century design.

Together, visionary mid-century modern duo Charles and Ray Eames introduced a wide range of renowned furniture to the postwar market, including iconic designs such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, the wildly colorful birch plywood-and-plastic-laminate Eames storage unit, the Eames compact sofa and more. The designers were trailblazers in molded plywood furniture and brought lively organic form to metal and plastic.

Charles Eames studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He traveled to Mexico and Europe, and experienced firsthand the work of designer-architects Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In 1930, upon returning to Missouri, Eames opened an architecture practice with Charles M. Gray but later moved to Michigan in 1938. He received a fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, which would become a breeding ground for the stars of mid-century design. Eames continued his architecture studies at Cranbrook and also taught in the design department.

In 1940, Eames met his future wife, artist and designer Beatrice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser, who was studying at Cranbrook under Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. Charles teamed up with another Cranbrook instructor, Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, to explore the possibilities of plywood for use in furniture design.

With support from Ray, Charles and Eero created chairs and case pieces and submitted them to the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City — among them was the groundbreaking organic Side chair made of molded plywood with maple legs. It was upholstered by Heywood-Wakefield. This exhibition is considered critical by many to the popularization of what is known as mid-century modernism. Eames and Saarinen won first place for their submissions to the competition.

Charles and Ray were married in 1941 and soon after moved to Los Angeles, California, and lived in an apartment building designed by architect Richard Neutra. Charles worked on set design at MGM, and at night, in a humble workshop they established in the guest bedroom, he and Ray experimented with molded plywood on a homemade device they called the “Kazaam!” machine. In 1942, the couple won a U.S. Navy contract to create molded plywood leg splints that would be used to support wartime medical efforts. Soon, the Evans Product Company was making the splints and the Eameses opened the famed Eames Office and studio.

The Eameses’ innovative use of wire framing, molded plywood and applied fabrics caught the attention of many notable figures in interior design and architecture, including George Nelson, director of design at Herman Miller, a now-legendary modern furniture manufacturer. The company enlisted the Eameses’ talents and was eventually home to the couple’s classic pieces such as the Eames DCW chair and the DCM chair.

Find an extensive array of vintage Charles Eames seating, tables and case pieces on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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