Very Early "DCW" Chair by Charles Eames

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The "Molded Plywood" collection of chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and their collaborators in the middle of the 1940s, and introduced after the end of WWII, has the distinction of being the first example of avant-garde furniture design finding immediate acceptance by the ordinary people for whom it was intended. Until then, highly original modernist furniture appealed -- almost without exception -- to a relatively small audience of architects, writers, college professors, and wealthy socialites, however ideologically committed the designers were to the Common Man. This frustrating pattern of unintended exclusivity was finally overturned by the playful and imaginative approach of the Eames office, an achievement usually repeated with each introduction of a new line of Eames designs.

This superb "DCW" (dining chair wood) has a very early Evans Products decal which identifies this chair as pre-dating Herman Miller's discovery and patronage of Charles Eames' work. It is thus from the very first batch of molded plywood Eames chairs produced in the summer of 1946. This museum-quality piece is in fine original condition.

Marked with decal to underside:

"EVANS / Molded Plywood Division / Evans Products Company"


  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent all-original condition: all rubber shock-mounts are in great shape, and the chair is very sturdy in use. .
  • Dimensions
    29 in. H x 19.5 in. W x 22 in. D
    74 cm H x 50 cm W x 56 cm D
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (46 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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