White Herman Miller Original Vintage Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
Where can an original parchment white Eames and Herman Miller side shell on a used, reintroduced, dark wood DSW base be used? The versatility of the vintage shell says it can be anywhere. White is the perfect neutral colour for any colour scheme and with its complimenting dark base, it is a great example of a statement piece and design icon.
The success of these chairs has been proven by the continuous production time they have seen. From their origin in the 1950s, new bases, upholstered variants and even adapted variants such as the La Fonda ensured these chairs have cemented themselves in the history books with their iconic and versatile design. Upholstered versions were introduced in the late 1950s when Alexander Girard was commissioned to help design them and new bases found their way under the shells over the many years they have been produced.
The shell is in good vintage condition, there is some vintage wear to the body of the shell but this is consistent with age. The edges have natural wear expected with being a vintage used piece. The white is visible, but some shells have yellowed slightly, a common feature with early Eames white side shells. Some of the age shown is from some ingrained dirt, but this can be reduced with a bit of cleaning. The shell does appear to have a water mark on the seat top, price does reflect this.
The ‘C’ with the star logo indicates this shell originates from Herman Miller’s Cincinnati Factory.
The investment value of the shell top series depends upon many factors such as the age of the shell, the age of the base, the rarity of the shell colour, the factory of origin and, of course, the condition. The good vintage condition of this shell should mean it proves to be a satisfactory investment piece.
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