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Set of Six Eames for Herman Miller DSX and DSG Side Chairs in Parchment, 1959

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A set of six circa 1959 parchment color fiberglass side chairs with original bases by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Five chairs are DSX on narrow mount ‘H’ bases, and one chair is DSG (Dining Side Guard) on narrow mount ‘H’ base with slightly more extended back legs designed to prevent the seat from making contact with the wall. All bases with original self-leveling nylon glides. Each seat with only the Herman Miller logo in mold, suggesting that production dates from a brief transitional period in 1959 between the chair’s 1st generation, which rarely had markings in the mold, and its 2nd generation, which always had both the logo and “Herman Miller” in the mold. NOTE: This listing is for six chairs offered as one set, not for six individual chairs as the item details erroneously state. Repeated requests for 1stdibs Support to correct the listing have gone unaddressed. Please contact us prior to making purchase so that we may ensure a smooth transaction.

Details

  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Seat Height: 17.88 in. (45.42 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1959
  • Condition
    Repaired: It's possible that a small, discreet repair—likely dating to fabrication—was done to one seat edge, though it might also just be evidence of a very minor old impact; we're unable to say for certain. Additional photos can be provided upon request. Wear consistent with age and use. Seats: light wear and some small marks; one with small edge blemish or repair that doesn't appear to affect structural integrity; one with stenciled letters on underside. Bases: light wear, marks, and patina; a couple with red or blue paint splatter.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU955021361242

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    Ships From: San Francisco, CA
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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 Eames 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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