Elephant Grey Herman Miller Original Eames DSW Dining Side Shell Chair
A highly fibrous example of a vintage classic. This original Elephant Grey Eames side shell chair for Herman Miller looks amazing on its used walnut DSW base. One of the most collectable colours in the Eames fiberglass series, this chair is a great example of the classic vintage design which still looks modern today!
The Eames shell series chairs really don’t need any introduction. With early prototypes beginning in the late 1940's, production began on the Eames' dream of 'chairs for the masses' in 1950 with the arm and then the sides later in 1952/53. The original and vintage fiberglass chairs were so versatile and so modern that they only increase in popularity as the years go by.
Fiberglass originals always have a base colour and gorgeous 'visible' fibers in the shell itself. Upholstered versions were introduced by Herman Miller a little later using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.
Due to its vintage qualities, there are some scratches on the surface, and some of the shells might not match completely in colour and fibreglass detailing- further images are available upon request. Despite the marks, the chair remains in good condition, which should still be a very good investment, especially since the dowel base is new.
Some, but not all, of the shells feature the date stamp as shown; others have lost this and/or the Herman Miller patent label as they have aged.
Eames Shell Chairs vary from 1 to 5 stars for investment. The reasons depend on so many factors but mainly the condition, the rarity of the colour, the originality of the base, the age and of course the maker are those that determine. This grey colour is still considered as highly desirable, especially as the chair is still in a good and sturdy condition, therefore making this chair a superb investment.