6 x (Set) Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames Upholstered Black/Black Side Shells on Contract base

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Product Description

This stunning set of Herman Miller Eames Side shells are a rare combination. With black Naugahyde on a Black fiber shell, they are sitting on the original 'contract bases' as opposed to the more commonly found base types and would have been considerably more expensive in the day 

The Eames shell series chairs really do not need any introduction. With early prototypes beginning in the late 1940's, production began on the Eames' dream of 'chairs for the masses' in 1950 with the arm and then the sides later in 1952/53.  The original and vintage fiberglass chairs were so versatile and so modern that they only increase in popularity as the years go by. 

Fiberglass originals always have a base colour and gorgeous 'visible' fibers in the shell itself. Upholstered version were introduced by Herman Miller a little later on using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.

In great vintage condition.

Individual Characteristics

The fiber shells are in great vintage condition with no cracks, chips or defects. Some age related marks may be on the Naugahyde. 

The bases could be polished back to their original glory (we sell them as we find them) and they are rare original base types.

S in circle denotes the 'Summit' Herman Miller factory in Michigan. 

Investment Details

Eames Shell Chairs vary from 1 to 5 stars for investment. The reasons depend on so many factors but mainly the condition, the rarity of the colour, the originality of the base, the age and of course the maker are those that determine. These represent a 3 star investment due to the condition, colours and rarer base type.

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