Grey Herman Miller Vintage Eames Upholstered Prototype Drafting White Side Shell Chair
A real rarity. An Eames and Herman Miller side shell with Alexander Girard’s grey fabric on a unique, working prototype draughtsman-inspired castor base. This piece was collected from an ex-Herman Miller employee who worked for Herman Miller for many years. Whilst it is not known exactly what the intended use of this base is meant to be, it certainly is a unique version of the castor base with its half-covered wheels.
The contract shell, in respects of its being a contract colour, indicates this chair potentially had contractual intentions, be it an alternative to the draughtsman chair or an updated version of the PSCC chair. The naugahyde fabric is one designed by Alexander Girard with the intention of being used on shells planned for commercial use though these were limited in the choice of colour the variety of colours that were produced opened up the option for the general market too.
The base is in good vintage working order, the metal does indicate the age of it but a clean and some polishing should help restore its shine. The castors and height adjustment feature work very well for the chairs age.
The side shell is also in a good but aged condition with no chips or dents whilst the fabric is in great vintage condition with no lifting or tearing in the fabric, though is slightly dirty from age.
The investment value of Eames shells depends upon many factors, the age of the shell and its condition, the factory it originated from, the colour of the shell even, can all help determine its value. This particular shell is finished in Alexander Girard’s contract grey naugahyde and sitting on its rather unique castor base means this chair really should prove to be a great investment piece.
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