Robin’s Egg Herman Miller Vintage Eames DSR Side Shell Chair
A vintage, very rare and desirable Eames Herman Miller robin’s egg side shell on a lovely used chrome DSR base is a perfect chair for any occasion. Arguably one of the most coveted colours for the shell chair collection, this is an amazing example of this rare colour and it has aged exceptionally well, retaining a strong colour.
This brilliant example needs little introduction since it is possibly the most sought-after colours used on the iconic shell chairs. 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 considering its age. It has had a relatively hard life, but much of what can be seen on the images is dirt which is being carefully removed to uncover the wonderful colour beneath. There are some consistent marks around its edging, which is expected with being 50+ years old.
The ‘C’ with the star logo indicates this is an original Herman Miller shell produced by their Cincinnati factory.
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 and rarity.
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