Black Pair (2) Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames DKX Wire Side Chairs
A pair of excellent vintage Eames DKX wire chairs for Herman Miller on original black X bases, perfect models of the coveted wire style of the fiberglass chair. The black vinyl upholstery by Alexander Girard on the white finished wires looks amazing and gives the sense of a great ying and yang combination.
The wire version of the iconic shell chair was released in the late 50s, creating a nice trio of available finishes of chairs – plywood (DCW, LCW), fiberglass and metal – for customers. The introduction of upholstery options for the fiberglass and for the wire chairs meant personalization could be achieved. The earliest upholstered options were designed as ‘slip-on’ covers, enabling the customer to change the colour they wanted when they chose – but were finished with leather edges rather than the later rubber edging which is more commonly known.
The wire frame construction is in good vintage condition. It has aged well but some signs of use and age are evident.
The vinyl upholstery finish is in a similarly aged condition with some potential light marking around the stitching area and with some minor edging degradation/wire aging (as seen in the pictures) but, as a completely original, vintage, example of this design classic, it is still a rather remarkable piece.
The label on the underside of the upholstery confirms their authenticity.
The Eames wire chair is just as coveted as the fiberglass shell chairs, being of the same family. Vintage versions with their original upholstery can really command a high investment value. These versions, being good examples of original DKX chairs on their original dining ‘X’ bases, should be some very good investment pieces.