Elephant Grey Herman Miller Vintage Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
A vintage, rare and desirable Eames Herman Miller early elephant grey side shell on a lovely used dark maple DSW base is a perfect chair for any occasion. This is an amazing example of an early Herman Miller shell, after production was moved from Zenith Plastics, and it has aged exceptionally well, retaining its wondrously fibrous finish.
This brilliant example needs little introduction since it is a sought-after original colour Charles and Ray used when first constructing the chairs in the early 50s. The fiberglass chairs have always been popular and their versatility is increasing this year by year.
The earlier shells had a base colour and displayed the wondrous texture of the ‘fibers’ in the shell. Later versions of the shells, introduced by Herman Miller, could also be bought with an upholstered cover, from vinyl to fabric. To create the amazing patterns on the fabric finishes, Charles and Ray looked to the esteemed Alexander Girard to design them.
The chair is in very good condition for its age. There are no chips or cracks and only a general clean may be needed. The chairs price reflects its good condition. Sold on a second hand DSW Dowel Leg Base in great condition.
The ‘H’ embossed logo indicates this is an early Herman Miller produced shell.
The investment value of these beautiful chairs depends on many factors: the age and condition of the shell, the rarity of its colour, the age of the base and where the shell was produced. Whilst all of the shell chairs are viable investments, this piece rates higher due to its colour, being one of the original 4 colours the shells were original produced in.
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