Seafoam Herman Miller Vintage Eames DAX Arm Shell Chair
Seafoam shells always age in distinct ways but this is still a coveted example of an original Eames Herman Miller arm chair sat upon its vintage silver ‘H’ base. This particular shell has managed to retain a deep colour which but has been given a layer of coating which may benefit from being cleaned off to reveal it.
As one of the original colours seafoam is a well-known and very popular colour for the Eames shell chairs. The distinctive features which aid the colour of these shells are the wonderful fibers that can be seen spider-webbing through the shell. The density of these fibers helps to distinguish the age of the shell – the coveted rope edge version, for example, are richly textured with swirling fibers.
Being one of the first original colours, somewhat understandably, this seafoam shell is a great example of the first versions of this famous design. They are much sought-after and are highly revered pieces making them excellent investment pieces.
The images show that the shell has retained a strong pigmentation but does have signs of fading.
This shell is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks whilst the bold colour has not faded over time.
The original label and stamp have come off however the H base helps us know that the chair ages from 1958-1959 as this late ‘H’ Base was only created in that time frame.