Elephant Grey Herman Miller Original Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
An iconic, vintage, Herman Miller Elephant Grey Eames side shell on a very nice newer, used, natural Walnut DSW Dowel base creates a beautiful and classic chair. Elephant grey was one of the first colours produced when these shells were created and is very popular due to the highly coveted nature of its colour.
This brilliant example needs little introduction since it is a sought-after original colour Charles and Ray used when first constructing the chairs in 1952/53. The fiberglass chairs have always been popular and their versatility is increasing this year by year. These chairs really do envisage Charles’s dream of a ‘chairs for the masses’.
The earlier shells had a base colour and displayed the wondrous texture of the ‘fibers’ in the shell. Later versions of the shells, introduced by Herman Miller, could also be bought with an upholstered cover, from vinyl to fabric. To create the amazing patterns on the fabric finishes, Charles and Ray looked to the esteemed Alexander Girard to design them.
The chair is in very good condition for its age. There are no chips or cracks and only a general clean may be needed.
The stamp, which may be a little less present on some of the shells, indicates these shells were produced in 1957 by Herman Miller.
The investment value of these beautiful chairs depends on many factors: the age and condition of the shell, the rarity of its colour, the age of the base and where the shell was produced. Whilst all of the shell chairs are viable investments, this piece rates higher due to its colour – harking back to the original shells produced.
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