Tan Pair (2) Herman Miller Vintage Eames Upholstered DAW Contract Arm Shell Chairs
These are rare examples of Herman Miller’s original Eames white contract arm shells with ‘two-tone’ tan vinyl and fabric seat pad designed by Alexander Girard. These particular versions are slightly more unique in the fact that they are ‘Contract’ Shells which, sat upon their complimentary, great condition, used dark wood DAW bases and available on their own or as a pair, would make a fantastic addition to any home or chosen space.
The early versions of these tops were designed as early as the 1940s and once they had begun production in the early 1950s and their popularity grew, both generally and commercially. The ‘contract’ edition of the shells came in a new set of colours and, in respects of the arm shells, the back-rest was much rounder than the standard arm shell giving it a smoother, more professional look. Charles and Ray approached the famous Alexander Girard to help design a multitude of upholstered coverings for the iconic shells which adorned both the general and contract shells alike. These particular examples sport a vinyl backrest and arms and a fabric seat pad giving the tops a unique finish.
The ‘two-tone’ upholstered finish of these arm shells make them a more unique version of the extremely popular shell chairs and coupled with being contract shells, they really are a rare find!
The CPi logo on the underside of the shells is the Century Plastics company, the company founded by the original engineers Irv Green and Sol Fingerhut after Zenith Plastics was bought out by Herman Miller.
The Eames Shell Chairs are a much coveted design piece and their investment value is determined by many various factors. The age of the shell, its colour and condition along with the factory of origin all play a role along with the originality of the base it is sat upon. These particular contract tops are a unique finish and with having the rare ‘CPi’ logo should prove to be very respectable investment pieces.