• manufacturer/type:

Herman Miller (1 Fehlbaum production) / DAX

• designer, year:

Charles & Ray Eames, ±1958

• material:
chromed metal frame with fiberglass shell

• measurements:

• x • x • cm high

• condition:

nice original vintage condition, with minor usermarks. Small damages and little traces of rust on frame. Vintage the way vintage is supposed to be. Probably new fabric on cushions.

• background:

One of the more iconic fifties designs
by Charles & Ray Eames.

• literature:
Donald Albrecht
The work of Charles and Ray Eames, a legacy of invention

page 87

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M321: Charles & Ray Eames DAX chairs duo, produced by Herman Miller

© Salonfähig, 2012

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Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of this century.  They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (e.g., the Eames Chair), industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts.

Charles Eames was born in 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended school there and developed an interest in engineering and architecture.  After attending Washington University on scholarship for two years and being thrown out for his advocacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, he began working in an architectural office.  In 1929, he married his first wife, Catherine Woermann (they divorced in 1941), and a year later Charles' only child, daughter Lucia was born.  In 1930, Charles started his own architectural office.  He began extending his design ideas beyond architecture and received a fellowship to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where he eventually became head of the design department.

Ray Kaiser Eames was born in Sacramento, California in the middle of the century's second decade. She studied painting with Hans Hofmann in New York before moving on to Cranbrook Academy where she met and assisted Charles and Eero Saarinen in preparing designs for the Museum of Modern Art's "Organic Furniture Competition."  Charles and Eero's designs, created by molding plywood into complex curves, won them the two first prizes. (source: www.eamesoffice.com)

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