Terracotta Herman Miller Original Vintage Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
A perfect vintage Eames side shell for Herman Miller. This terracotta DSW chair has retained an exceptional deep colour complimenting the golden wood of the base. The colour of the shell can be seen as orange, but seen in the ‘flesh’ the subtle red tone can be seen in the colour, creating a truly beautiful version of the iconic shell chair.
The Eames shell series chairs really do not need any introduction. With early prototypes beginning in the late 1940's, production began on the Eames' dream of 'chairs for the masses' in 1950 with the arm and then the sides later in 1952/53. The original and vintage fiberglass chairs were so versatile and so modern that they only increase in popularity as the years go by.
Fiberglass originals always have a base colour and gorgeous 'visible' fibers in the shell itself. Upholstered version were introduced by Herman Miller a little later on using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.
This is a good vintage shell, the colour is amazing. It is in good vintage condition with only some marks around the edging which is expected with being 50+ years old.
The newer, replacement Herman Miller DSW base is in good used condition.
The ‘H’ logo dictates the shell is a contract Herman Miller shell. This also sports the elusive ‘Flame logo’ which has sparked much speculation about its origin and meaning.
Eames Shell Chairs vary from 1 to 5 stars for investment. The reasons depend on so many factors but mainly the condition, the rarity of the colour, the originality of the base, the age and of course the maker are those that determine. The strong vibrant and rare colour of this particular top will help maintain steady interest.
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