Eames for Herman Miller 2nd Edition Zenith Fiberglass Shell Chair DAX - Vintage Yellow

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What is it?

The shell chair that we know today was originally supposed to be made out of plywood, which incidentally are now in production by Herman Miller today. In the 1940’s the Eameses were trying to create a single-shell plywood form, but had to settle for separate molded plywood panels for the back and seat, this design would later become the Eames Molded Plywood Chair.

Two years later, they produced a single form shell chair made out of metal for the “International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design.” However the prototype was too costly to produce, so new materials such as plastic reinforced with fiberglass, a material that could be molded with ease and produced cost effectively and so the shell chair was born!

First released in 1950 and the first mass produced plastic chair! Through the years, color, height, base variations, and choices of upholstery have changed and been discontinued. This results in some designs being rarer that others and some colors a lot more desirable.

What's special about this one?

An original 2nd edition Eames chair manufactured by Zenith in California for Herman Miller way back in the 1950's. All original and can be identified as such by the heavy iron black 'x' bases with large shock mounts and boot glides, which look to be replacements as the original ones are prone to perishing. The chair is in pristine condition for its age, the base is unstained and the fiberglass is almost flawless save for a mark or two that we think enhances their character. The fiberglass patina is beautiful as with all the second generation ones, the chair has not been restored and looks fantastic in yellow. This is a dining height chair.

These Zenith versions are one of the top collectors’ items in Eames fiberglass chairs. It's our opinion that the Zenith made ones are the best, the fiberglass seems thicker and the fibers always have super patterns. This one is in excellent vintage condition, they literally don't make them like this anymore.

Where will it fit?

H 32" W 24.5" D 23.5" Seat H 16.5" Seat D 20.5" Arm H 26"