Seafoam Herman Miller Vintage Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
This is a real rarity, an Eames side shell chair on a walnut finished DSW base for Herman Miller in the most desirable and hardest to find true seafoam colour. The newer, used, base compliments the gorgeous colour of this highly coveted – and very collectible – colour which does display a professionally repaired crack.
One of the original colours Charles and Ray used when producing these chairs, this style of chair needs little introduction. This colour dates back to the origin of these shells in 1952/53 and still remains to be a very popular, and much desirable shell to own, truly highlighting the versatility of these chairs.
Original fiberglass shells are defined by their base colour which shows the vibrant fibers contained within the shell. This version of the Seafoam chair displays this perfectly. Herman Miller, with the design power of Alexander Girard, later introduced upholstered versions of the shells which were finished in either Girard’s own patterned fabrics or in vinyl.
Of course, 50+ year old shell tops have seen a lot in their time, but this example is in great condition considering this. There are signs of general use around the shell’s side, but that aids with the shells history. There is evidence of a historically repaired crack but it has been very professionally done. Price does account for this.
The shell is on a later, re-introduced DSW base which is in good used condition.
The crescent and star denotes the Cincinnati Milacron factory of origin.
Eames Side Shells are great investment pieces, but how much of an investment pieces relies upon multiple factors; the age of the shell, the rarity of the colour, the manufacturer, the originality of the base and, of course, the condition of the shell. With this piece being a very good condition of the Seafoam version, its investment value is reasonable.
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