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Eames DCW Chair

About the Design

Although their ubiquitous leather lounge might be more recognizable, there’s arguably no chair that better embodies the design ethos of Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) than the DCW dining chair. It was introduced at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in a 1946 exhibition titled “New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames.” (Ray was notably absent from the exhibition title, despite being a full collaborator on the work.) 


In its design, construction and manufacturing, the DCW is pure Eames. It was born of functionality and comfort, crafted in a shape that the ever-inquisitive Eameses decided would provide optimal support for a large number of people. “We found that comfort depended more on the perfect molding to the body shape than it did on the way the bone structure was supported,” Charles noted in a 1954 film on the piece. “If the structure was supported properly, the hard and rigid material, like molded plywood, can provide a remarkably high degree of comfort.”


This proper support is the result of the chair’s five distinct parts: a pair of two-legged bases, a bentwood seat, a bentwood back and a long piece of bentwood that connects each of these. Such construction allows for a certain flexibility in movement between the seat and the back without requiring any type of complicated adjustment mechanism.


The Eameses developed the DCW while tinkering with the “Kazam! Machine,” a mechanism they invented to press and mold wood veneer. In their Los Angeles apartment, the couple would place a sheet of wood veneer into the machine, then top it with a layer of glue. After repeating these steps 5 to 11 times and ensuring the layers were set in place, the Kazam! Machine was clamped shut and a bicycle pump inflated a balloon to press the layers into their molded shape. Charles and Ray then cut the mold and sanded each finished shape by hand. 


The Kazam! Machine was a direct result of Charles and Ray’s determination to conceive an efficient, inexpensive means of production. Plywood, too, was a significant choice. Not unlike the molded plastic with which the Eameses would experiment, plywood was relatively cheap and easily available, rendering it optimal for the kind of democratic design the couple championed.


The Eames DCW chair has appeared (and continues to appear) in interiors by top designers all over the world. Today, it remains a top seller for Herman Miller — with equal credit given to Charles and Ray.


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Early DCW Bent Plywood Chair by Charles Eames for Evans, 1940s
By Evans Products Company, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in London, GB
Early example of the DCW by Charles and Ray Eames. Manufactured by Evans Production Company in California, USA, 1940s. Lovely example of Eames' plywood dining chair with five-two-...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Charles and Ray Eames "DCW" Dining Chairs, 1940s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Iconic set of four “DCW” chairs by Charles and Ray Eames in walnut plywood, circa 1940s - first generation. Early Evans production, 5/2/5 screw configuration underneath. Chairs ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Set of 6 Charles & Ray Eames Mid Century Modern Oak Dining Chairs Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Iconic DCW Eames dining chairs in oak plywood. Chairs have been in storage for over 30 years so there is very little wear to them. Herman Miller metal tags on four of the six. Chairs...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rubber, Oak

Charles and Ray Eames DCW for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Belmont, MA
DCW by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in original condition. Legs attached with 5/2/4 screw configuration. Original patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plywood

Early Eames DCW Mid-Century Modern Plywood Chair by Evans Products
By Evans Products Company, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Early Eames DCW Mid-Century Modern bent plywood chair by Evans Products Pre-Herman Miller.
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Vintage 1940s North American Chairs

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Plywood

Early DCW Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Early DCW Chair by Charles and Ray Eames. Chair has the early 5/2/5 screw configuration and is in all original condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

1940s Walnut Plywood DCW Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames, 4
By Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
DCW chair, walnut plywood, by designer couple Eames Iconic set of DCW chairs by famous Charles & Ray Eames. The unusual organic shape of the dining chairs makes clear the designer...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

Charles and Ray Eames Early DCW Maple Dining Chair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DCW dining chair in maple plywood. The maple veneer is in good condition with nice patina and minor veneer loss. Early Herman Miller production from September 1951 (4-2-5 scre...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood, Maple

Charles and Ray Eames Early DCW Ash Dining Chair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic DCW dining chair in ash plywood. The ash veneer is in very good condition with nice patina and light wear on seat. Early Herman Miller production from June 1953 (4-2-5 screw c...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash, Plywood

Eames DCW for Herman Miller in Red Aniline
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Eames DCW (Dining chair wood) for Herman Miller bearing its original red aniline dye finish. Constructed of molded plywood.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plywood

1940s Walnut and Leather DCW Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Beautiful and extremely rare DCW, dining chair wood designed by Charles & Ray Eames, art, sculpture. The chair is made of walnut with its original leather seat and back. Amazing pati...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Plywood, Walnut

Eames Walnut DCW for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gleaming walnut Eames DCW dining chair wood for Herman Miller. Molded chair boasts curving planes in this iconic midcentury design. This early example is from the 1950s, and is in ex...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Early Walnut Eames DCWs Dining Chair Wood for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous pair of early Eames DCW dining chairs in walnut. An ergonomic dining chair that is attractive as is comfortable to lounge in, like its brother the LCW. These iconic dining c...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Ray & Charles Eames Slunk Skin DCW for Evans Company
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A molded ash plywood DCW (dining chair wood) frame with slunk skin upholstered seat and seat back. Produced between 1948-1953 and having the early 12 screw configuration to the botto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Animal Skin

1950 Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DTW-3 Table and Set of 4 DCW Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is a very nice set, in fine vintage condition. Herman Miller, USA, 1945 / circa 1950 walnut plywood, walnut, rubber, aluminum Signed with impressed manufacturer’s mark ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Eames Red Aniline DCW by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This very nice early example of the iconic Eames DCW (Dining Chair Wood legs) has a rare aniline red finish. Entirely original with oval shock mount on backrest and beautiful patina ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Rubber

1940s Dark Brown Walnut DCW Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Beautiful und really rare DCW chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames. The chair is made out of walnut and has a beautiful and unique patina. Manufactured by Evans in 1945. Together w...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Plywood

A Classic Charles Eames Evans DCW 1940's
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic, original, early production Charles Eames Evans Products, DCW (dining chair wood) in red analine dye.
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Vintage 1940s American Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

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