Evans Production Walnut DCM Chairs by Charles Eames, Set of Five, circa 1947 For Sale
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Evans Production Walnut DCM Chairs by Charles Eames, Set of Five, circa 1947

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This set of five (5) very rare Evans Production DCM chairs by Ray and Charles Eames predates Herman Miller produced versions. Being considered the "1st Generation" of DCMs this set is already extremely rare - but then add the fact that these are in the rare walnut option - this set is an excellent choice for the collector who wants only the best of the best. These original DMC Chairs (which stands for Dining Chair Metal) were produced by Evans Products Company at a time when Herman Miller owned the distribution rights but prior to when they also took over manufacturing. Evans Products Company was a renown wood products company that employed over 1,000 skilled laborers at their peak. These extremely sought after chairs are fabricated from molded plywood seats, not to be confused with bentwood chairs, and backs attached to a metal base, creating a minimal silhouette. The grain of the walnut veneer varies from chair to chair, exhibiting a range of movement and uniqueness within the set. The original Evans Products label can be found underneath one of the chairs. Note that Herman Miller is also listed on the label as this was during the transition period while Herman Miller owned distribution rights but Evans still handled production. Originally introduced to the world in 1946 at an exclusive MoMa exhibit, the "Eames Molded Plywood Chair" collection which included the LCW (Low or Lounge Chair Wood), LCM (Low Chair Metal), DCW (Dining Chair Wood) and DCM (Dining Chair Metal) chairs have captured the attention of designers and collectors for decades. These coveted dining side chairs would be a great addition used together or individually around the home as part of a classic or contemporary dining room, living room, den, family room, office or bedroom. They would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements: 29.25" H x 19.25" W x 19.75" D Seat height 18.5" Seat depth 16.5" Very good vintage condition As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some minor scuffs and blemishes found on wood. Scratches and signs of oxidization on the frames. Present very well and ready for immediate use.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Some minor scuffs and blemishes found on wood. Scratches and signs of oxidization on the frames. Presents very well and ready for immediate use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29.25 in. x W 19.25 in. x D 19.75 in.H 74.3 cm x W 48.9 cm x D 50.17 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Reference Number
    LU133029235993
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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.


     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.


     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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