Ochre Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
An example of a used, vintage buttermilk ochre Herman Miller Eames side chair, with a matching light oak dowel base. This light and airy ochre side shell make a wonderful dining chair, a versatile colour that will suit any interior from rustic to urban.
The Eames shell series chairs really do not 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. The upholstered version was introduced by Herman Miller a little later on using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.
The shell does show a sizeable crack in the seat surface just above the front right shock mount (when sat upon) which could be repairable with some professional care making this a great opportunity at a restoration piece. The colour of the chair is actually lighter than the one pictured, additional photos are available upon request to show colour and the crack. Price reflects this.
The circled S logo denotes its origin as the Summit Plastics factory and was made around 1959-1989.
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. Nice Ochre shells are very desirable and therefore you can expect their value to always grow.