Orange Checker Herman Miller Original Vintage Orange Eames DSR Side Shell Chair
A unique example of a vintage Eames Herman Miller orange DSR ‘Eiffel’ side chair looks stunning in its original orange upholstery courtesy of Alexander Girard. The gorgeous combination of orange checker on orange is complimented by the stark black of the newer, used, DSR base creating a rather novel dining chair.
The upholstered versions of the Eames shells were designed from the Eames’s great personal friend Alexander Girard, who became the head of textiles at Herman Miller. Girard was meticulous when it came to his work, producing many various textile designs which were also used as wallpaper.
Herman Miller faithfully reintroduced the fiberglass shell and with it maintained the upholstered options for them. The options available are still numerous, available in various fabrics in various colours.
This is a great example of a very unique finish. Most upholstered shells utilised either white, black or greige shells but occasionally stunning pieces such as this were produced which use coloured shells with selected upholstered finishes. This particular piece is in good vintage condition with no cuts, tears, cracks or dents. The upholstery does show some signs of its age and would benefit from a good clean, but this will help re-invigorate the original finish.
The ‘C’ with the star logo on the underside of the shell indicates this shell originates from Herman Miller’s Cincinnati factory.
An Eames shells is a coveted piece. A simultaneous artistic piece whilst being an ergonomic design has helped maintain their interest. Of course, factors such as age, condition and even colour can affect how much interest these pieces gain with original Zenith pieces commanding a respectable price. A rather novel version such as this should prove to be a good investment piece as finding coloured shells with matching upholstery in such good condition is difficult.