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1950's Vintage Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchairs for Herman Miller-A Pair

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A pair of Charles Eames molded fiberglass shell arm chairs for Herman Miller, in a parchment color with original paper labels present, produced between 1951 and 1955. Borne out of Charles' and Eero Saarinen's early investigations molding plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939, and continued with Ray at the Eames studio in Venice, CA, the molded chair is exemplary of the Eames iterative process and the desire to make "the best for the least". With each new form, finish, and configuration, the Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be: after experimenting with single-form plywood and stamped metal, they turned to fiberglass and experimented with bent wire: when fiberglass production proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch production to a safer plastic: and later with advancements in safe fiberglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution continued with the molded fiberglass and molded wood chairs.
  • Creator:
  • Design:
    Eames DAX ChairEames Shell Chairs Series
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 29.5 in (74.93 cm)Width: 24.75 in (62.87 cm)Depth: 24.5 in (62.23 cm)Seat Height: 17 in (43.18 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:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fiberglass buckets have no flaws and have been cleaned. Bases show just very slight oxidation. The domes of silence are in excellent condition.
  • Seller Location:
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU6628228787632
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