We are so excited to offer this extraordinary pair of mid-century modern chairs. They are officially called pivoting side shell chair on contract base or PSC. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller in their Cincinnati plant circa 1960s. Their beautiful Alexander Girard orange vinyl upholstery is in incredible condition and is the perfect counterpoint to the greige color of the fiberglass shell. And, as the name indicates, they swivel on their beautifully polished aluminum four-point base on black shaft. Their original white nylon glides are still in place and in good order. This pair would be wonderful in your living room, dining room, office, bedroom……..well any room. And everyone knows they look fabulous in a mid-century modern home, but I think they even look fabulous in a traditional setting. They are a design classic.
Charles Eames was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907. Ray Kaiser Eames was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. They met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and were married in 1941. They moved together to California and continued their design work they began together at Cranbrook. A commission, which they acquired from the government during WWII to produce molded plywood splints and stretchers, launched a career producing iconic mid-century modern furnishings which are still fresh and sought after today. The Eames and their association with Herman Miller were the partnership of the century. If you want to learn more about Charles and Ray please visit Eames Office, the Eames Official website.
Herman Miller started life as Star furniture Co. in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905 a producer of high-quality furniture. Becoming Michigan Star Furniture Co in 1919, and then in 1923, when long time employee Dirk Jan De Pree and his father-in-law purchased 51% of the company stock, it was renamed Herman Miller Furniture Company. And remained so until the 1960s when it became Herman Miller, Inc. Until the 1930s they produced only traditional wood furniture, but the Great Depression caused a need for change and they hired modernist Gilbert Rohde who took the company in a new successful direction. Upon Rohde’s death in 1944 he was replaced by none other than the renowned George Nelson. Working with the likes of not only Charles and Ray Eames but Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, and Robert Propst, to name just a few, Nelson lead Herman Miller to became one of the finest names in furniture and design.
The Eames shell chair first appeared to the marketplace in1950. It has undergone many styles and iterations. This is but one. You should make them yours.