Seafoam Herman Miller Original Vintage Venice Label Eames DSW Dining Side Chair
A rare example of a vintage classic, this is an original Venice label Herman Miller Eames seafoam side shell chair on an iconic used newer Oak DSW dowel base. The Venice label indicates this is one of the earliest versions of the Eames side shells and, being seafoam, it is one of the most collectable colours too.
One of the original colours Charles and Ray used when producing these chairs, this style of chair needs little introduction. The side shell was introduced in 1951 and the Venice label first adorned them in/around 1954 but, unfortunately, not many were adorned with this and/or lasted over time, but, this makes finding one extra special!
Original fiberglass shells are defined by their base colour which shows the vibrant fibers contained within the shell. This version of the Seafoam chair displays this perfectly. Herman Miller, with the design power of Alexander Girard, later introduced upholstered versions of the shells which were finished in either Girard’s own patterned fabrics or in vinyl.
Of course, 60+ year old shell tops have seen a lot in their time, but this example is in great condition considering this. There are signs of general use around the shell’s side, but that aids with the shells history. There are no cracks and the main body of the shell is in very good condition. The shell looks slightly more aged 'in the flesh' and further pictures are recommended before purchasing.
The Venice label is mostly intact but with some slight ageing showing, the one displayed in the listing is not the one of the shell, but we can provide an image upon request.
Investment DetailsEames Side Shells are great investment pieces, but how much of an investment pieces relies upon multiple factors; the age of the shell, the rarity of the colour, the manufacturer, the originality of the base and, of course, the condition of the shell. With this piece being a good condition of the iconic Seafoam version with its original Venice label, its investment value is rather good!