This 29 1/2"-high molded plywood chair has natural face veneers, hardwood inner plies, and a 5-ply seat and back. It has a 4-leg base. This chair's curved plywood seat and back are so thin, the design was nicknamed the "potato chip chair" soon after it was launched. Decades later, it earned a different title, when Time magazine named it the Best Design of the 20th century.
Introduced in the fall of 1946, the Eames DCM (Dining Chair Metal) quickly became an American design classic. Its seat and back are molded to fit the contours of every body, and its attached rubber mounts allow the chair to flex and shift. This provides comfort rarely found in non-upholstered seating. The plywood has natural face veneers with hardwood inner plies and a five-ply seat and back Rubber shock mounts absorb movement.
The Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair Metal Base, known as DCM, is a classic example of the Eames' philosophy of using honest materials. The chair, designed in 1946, uses two pieces of molded plywood and metal rods for support creating supreme body-cradling comfort. The gently curves and comfort created from the molding process from a hard material established a foundation for future modern design.
A chair whose process to make and timeless design earned it the right to be named the Best Design of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, the runner up being the steam locomotive.
Charles and Ray created the basic tooling necessary for manufacturing the seating in quantity. The Eames', who believed that “the honest use of materials” was essential to any project, eventually opted for separate seats and backs. The process eliminated extraneous wood, which reduced the weight and visual profile of the chair and established a basis for modern furniture design.
The Eames' created the DCM as an alternative to the DCW’s wooden legs. The chairs, still manufactured to order by Herman Miller and Vitra, exhibit the same durability, comfort, and aesthetic integrity today as they did when first designed in the mid 1940s.
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I was just told that this chair is the harder to find TEAK veneer.