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During World War II, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) worked with the United States Navy to make a new leg splint. Recognizing that metal splints could further injure a wounded person through the vibrations of their material, the couple created a new model with molded plywood.


That wartime experience propelled the Eameses to continue their explorations in plywood. In 1946, they debuted the DCM, its shortened name referencing the “Dining Height (D) Side Chair (C) on Metal (M) Rod Base.” It was featured in “New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames” at the Museum of Modern Art, even though the pieces on view were the fruit of the highly collaborative process between Charles and his wife, Ray. In fact, the sculptural form of the DCM’s seat and separate back — which earned it the nickname “Potato Chip” chair — were largely influenced by Ray’s interest in abstract art, such as Alexander Calder’s mobiles and Joan Miró’s biomorphic forms. Inventive in its application of the plywood molding process for its birch material, the DCM is shaped to fit the sitter’s body. Its use of tubular steel is also worthy of note — an innovation that makes it look as if the plywood seat and back are floating in place. Rubber “shock” mounts allow the parts to be easily screwed together.


When it was brought to the mass market by Herman Miller in 1947, the DCM was an almost instant success for its lightweight portability and versatility. It is still among the most popular models produced by Herman Miller, exemplifying the Eameses’ influential legacy in modern living.


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Charles and Ray Eames Red Beech DCM Chair, Herman Miller, Dining, Side Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Charles and Ray Eames red beech DCM chair, Herman Miller, dining, side chair. Labeled. Designed in 1946. Produced in 2017. 8 available. Listing is for one. Authentic Eames chair f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Eames for Evans Ebonized DCM
By Evans Products Company, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early ebonized DCM dining chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, made by Evans for Herman Miller. Molded plywood has great age, wearing its original patina handsomely. Original fi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

DCM Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Denver, CO
A set of 4 of beautifully grained early DCM chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The latest patent number on the labels is from 1952. The foil label is also an early...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

DCM Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Set of Four
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Walnut plywood on chrome frame dining chair metal. Manufactured by Herman Miller. This chair has been part of the Vipp showroom in New York and was later shipped with the Vipp family...
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20th Century American Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Plywood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Eames DCM Dining Chairs for Herman Miller Set of 4
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome set of 4 vintage Mid-Century Modern Eames DCM, dining chair metal, dining chairs for Herman Miller with silver colored bases, white nylon feet, and walnut veneer. They are i...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Exquisite and Rare Rosewood Herman Miller Eames DCM Dining Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These don’t turn up very often. A rare rosewood DCM chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Rosewood was not a standard finish and was only available by custom spe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Charles and Ray Eames Herman Miller Black Aniline Dye DCM
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller dining chair metal (legs) DCM.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Rare DCM Side Chair with Magazine Rack by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Boston, MA
This rare iteration of the Eames's DCM side chair, produced by Herman Miller between 1950 and 1954, features a chrome wire magazine rack below the seat. The bent plywood is finished ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Ash DCM Chair 'B', 1999
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A DCM (Dining Chair Metal) in white ash by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Introduced in 1946, it quickly became a timeless and essential American design Classic. Molded fi...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Ash DCM Chair 'A', 1999
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
A DCM (Dining Chair Metal) in white ash by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Introduced in 1946, it quickly became a timeless and essential American design Classic. Molded fi...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Set of Rare Red Aniline Herman Miller DCM Chairs, circa 1950-1960
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is a set of early Herman Miller DCM (dining chair metal) with walnut veneer seat and back with metal legs. These chairs are fabricated from molded plywood seats and bac...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

1st Edition Pre Herman Miller Eames DCM by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous 1st edition Eames DCM chair. Manufactured by Evans Products before Herman Miller took over manufacturing. Ash plywood finish. Steel base with circular flanges indicating fir...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

Early Eames Molded Wood DCM Side Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A early production molded wonderfully grained oakwood side chair with factory black steel frame, rubber and metal boot styled feet and remnants of the early foil label manufactured b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Eames DCM Molded Wood Side Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early 1950s production molded wonderfully grained oakwood ply side chair with factory black metal frame, early patient and foil manufactures label and rubber metal boot styled fee...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Production Eames DCM Molded Wood Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early production DCM molded well grained oak wood side chair with factory black metal frame and rubber metal boot styled feet. To the seat bottom is a remnant of the early label, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

1940s Evans Edition Eames DCM Dining Chair in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare and very early Eames DCM dining chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Evans products in the 1940s. This is before Herman Miller took over production in 1...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Metal Leg Dining Chairs DCM for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of Eames dining chair metal ( DCM ) for Herman Miller. Blonde laminate plywood seats in original finish on recently matte black powder coated wrought iron frames.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Charles Eames Plywood Dining Chairs, DCMs, Ten Available, Price is for Each
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Kansas City, MO
Charles and Ray Eames designed DCMs (dining chair metal) for Herman Miller. Classic, timeless design. Ash plywood and chrome frames.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Charles and Ray Eames Rosewood DCM Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hard To Find In Rosewood DCM (Dining Chair Metal) Chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, circa 1960s. Beautiful graining to the rosewood. They are priced at $12...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Charles and Ray Eames Pre- Production DCM Evans Production Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare and Early Charles and Ray Eames Pre-production Evans Birch DCM. Seldom seen and in remarkable condition! Originally bought by an Architect, still in the original family until we...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Early Eames Aniline Dyed DCM Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Black aniline dyed wood seat and back DCM (dining chair metal) chromed metal framed side chair, domes of silence foot pads and early foil label. Herman Miller label designed by Charl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Early Eames DCM Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early production oak bent plywood side chair with plated frame, domed feet and underside clamp styled base construction. Retains factory ink stamp date to the bottom 12- 1951 manu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

Early Herman Miller Red DCM
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Herman Miller red DCM chair. Original black frame, mounts, glides and label. Excellent condition. Vibrant rich red aniline dye and lively birch grains. Mounts have not hardened.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Herman Miller Eames Rosewood DCM Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames rosewood DCM. Rich color and grains. Frame in excellent condition with no rust. Back mounts were replaced. No veneer damage.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Herman Miller Eames Wenge Wood Veneer DCM
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extremely rare combination of wenge wood veneer and dark eggplant frame. No veneer chips. Chair is like new. I have never seen another like it. Collector's item. Maintains black meda...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Early Herman Miller Eames DCM Chair in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
All original early Herman Miller Eames DCM chair in walnut. Marked 1951. Gorgeous patina and black iron base. Original mounts and glides.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Eames for Evans DCM chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of black aniline DCM dining chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. These first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Both chairs have l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Eames for Evans DCM Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Black aniline DCM dining chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. These first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Chair has labels intact an...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Eames for Evans DCM Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Black aniline DCM dining chair by Charles and Ray Eames. these first edition chairs were produced by Evans manufacturing and distributed by Herman Miller. Chair has labels intact fit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Early Charles Eames Herman Miller Aniline Red DCM Dining Chairs, Pair
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Diego, CA
Great pair of early original Charles Eames for Herman Miller Aniline red DCM dining chairs with awesome patina. These are very early and would be great as accent chairs. The mounts a...
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Mid-20th Century Dining Room Chairs

Ash Aniline Red DCM by Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare aniline dyed red ash DCM chair with satin chrome frame. By Herman Miller with original foil tag.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Early Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCM Chair in Oak, 1953
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early Charles Eames for Herman Miller Company molded plywood dining chair in oak with wonderful patina. The oak version is very rare, only one year in production.      
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Black Eames DCM Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have 4 black DCM (dining chair metal) chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Original and in great condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Charles Eames DCM Dining Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Vienna, AT
Charles Eames DCM dining chair with seat and back of molded walnut veneer, chromed steel. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1946. Produced by Herman Miller, model DCM. Signs of we...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Collector's early Eames DCM chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collector's early Eames DCM chair
Category

Vintage 1950s American Slipper Chairs

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