Grey Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered Black DSW Side Shell Chair
An iconic, classic, chair. This vintage Herman Miller Eames black side shell is finished in original grey fabric by Alex Girard and is sat on its used, DSW base. The fabric finish looks stylish with its blue/grey finish on its striking black shell and the stark black of the newer dowel base.
The Eames shells require little introduction with prototypes beginning in the 1940s, production began in 1950. Arm shells were the first to be produced and the side shells were introduced in 1952/1953.
Alexander Girard was commissioned to help design a wide variety of upholstery finishes for both the side and arm shells, providing an alternative to the standard fiberglass shells and expanding the buying options for these chairs.
The side shell is in good condition for its age with only some light marking expected with age. The fabric does display a little more of its age but an hour or so of cleaning will help reduce this. The colour is a little lighter than the camera has been able to pick up, the second to last image best outlines the colour of the fabric.
The ‘S’ stamp signifies the shell originates from the Summit Herman Miller factory.
The Eames shells are a great investment piece, but many factors affect how valuable they are. The origin of the shell, its age and even the colour can have an effect on its value. The great combination of the upholstery and shell on this particular chair aids with its investment value.
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