Seafoam Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames DSW Side Shell Chair
An original, vintage Herman Miller Eames Seafoam Side Shell on a beautiful used, newer, maple DSW dowel base, making a very popular combination for this chair. One of the original colours Charles and Ray used when producing these chairs, this style of chair needs little introduction and it is easy to see why!
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, 50+ year old shell tops have seen a lot in their time, but this example is in a good vintage condition considering. The colour has faded out a bit, creating its own unique character but the shell displays no evidence of cracks or dents to it.
The remnants of the patent label on the underside of the shell indicate it is from roughly 1956-1959 which likely places it as an early Summit Plastics shell.
Eames 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. The shell is in a good used condition with its own vintage patina which should prove to be a good investment piece.