Zenith Seafoam Pair (2) Vintage Eames DSW Side Shell Chairs
An amazing pair of Eames side shell DSW chairs for Herman Miller through Zenith Plastics in the most desirable and hardest to find true seafoam colour. These really are superb examples of an absolute gem from the world of Eames.
One of the original colours Charles and Ray used when producing these chairs, this style of chair needs little introduction. This colour dates back to the origin of these shells in 1952/53 and still remains to be a very popular, and much desirable shell to own, truly highlighting the versatility of these chairs.
Original fiberglass shells are defined by their base colour which shows the vibrant fibers contained within the shell. This version of the Seafoam chair displays this perfectly. Herman Miller, with the design power of Alexander Girard, later introduced upholstered versions of the shells which were finished in either Girard’s own patterned fabrics or in vinyl.
Of course, 50+ year old shell tops have seen a lot in their time, but this example is in great condition considering this. There are signs of general use around the shell’s side, but that aids with the shells history. There are no cracks and the main body of the shell is in very good condition. The shells have been lovingly gel-coated in its past to help maintain their excellent condition.
The labels, sadly, have deteriorated over time, however, the lack of any other form of embossed signature links these shells to the Zenith era of production.
Eames Side Shells are great investment pieces, but how much of an investment pieces relies upon multiple factors; the age of the shell, the rarity of the colour, the manufacturer, the originality of the base and, of course, the condition of the shell. With these pieces being very good condition versions of the coveted Seafoam variant, their investment value is reasonable.
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