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Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass DSX Chairs, Early Production

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A colorful collection of early production Charles and Ray Eames "scoop" side chairs manufactured by Herman Miller. These shell DSX chairs are fabricated from fiberglass and mounted on chrome-plated steel bases. This set of eight dining chairs come in a variety of the early standard colors produced by Herman Miller. All of these chairs have the original Herman Miller manufacturing stamps or stickers, each vary. Currently we have: One dark olive green, One red orange, Three raw umber, Two ochre light, One seal brown Please specify which color(s) you are purchasing. Simply message us before or after you place your order and we will make sure that we ship you the color that you request. This classic set would be a great used together or individually around the house in a classic or contemporary dining room, living room, den, family room, kitchen, 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: 31.25" H x 18" W x 21.5" D Seat height 17.25" All chairs in good to fair original vintage condition and structurally sound. As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some markings and scuffs found on the fiberglass. An attractive patina and signs of oxidation has built up on the chrome plated bases. The Red Orange chair has some fading to the seat. Please message us for images of this chair. The dark green olive looks darker in the images, contact us for further images. All chairs have Herman Miller stamps or stickers, they are all different depending on the chair.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    All chairs in good to fair original vintage condition and structurally sound. As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some markings and scuffs found on the fiberglass. See listing for full condition description.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31.25 in. x W 18 in. x D 21.5 in.H 79.38 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 54.61 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.25 in. (43.82 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU133028643303
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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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