Chair DCW

Designed by Charles Eames, American, 1907 - 1978, and Ray Eames, American, 1912 - 1988. Made from 1947 to 1948 by Evans Products Company, Venice, California and Grand Haven, Michigan(Molded Plywood Division). Made from 1949 by Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, 1923 - present.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Designed 1945

Molded and bent plywood, rubber, metal

28 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches (71.8 x 48.9 x 52.1 cm) Seat height: 17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Eugene Schneider, 1999

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In the early 1940s, the Eameses began trying out various wood molding techniques. These experiments, carried out in their small apartment, led to a commission from the U.S. Navy in 1942 to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells. They used the same wood molding technique to produce this boldly innovative plywood chair.