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Chair - Model DKR 2

Model DKR 2

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Zeeland (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1951 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
    Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
    Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel wire, chromed metal, imitation leather

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.71&A-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles and Ray Eames's wire furniture of the early 1950s arose from their fascination with the proliferation of wire products, like trays, baskets and rat traps, that they saw around them. They liked the light and airy appearance of open wire structures which also appeared overtly 'modern' to them.

The shape of the one-piece seat and back is an adaptation of the Eameses' fibreglass shell chair designed in 1950, itself a development of the shell forms proposed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen in 1940. This enabled it to be fitted to existing bases designed for the fibreglass chair, including this wire base reminiscent of the structure of the Eiffel Tower.

Physical description

Chair with steel wire mesh seat and back, chromed metal legs and beige imitation leather upholstery partially covering the seat and back.

Place of Origin

Zeeland (manufactured)

Date

1951 (designed)

Artist/maker

Eames, Ray, born 1912 - died 1988 (designer)
Eames, Charles, born 1907 - died 1978 (designer)
Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Steel wire, chromed metal, imitation leather

Dimensions

Height: 830 mm, Width: 480 mm, Depth: 515 mm

Descriptive line

Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1951, manufactured by Herman Miller, USA

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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