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Armchair, Model 670

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Rosewood, leather, aluminum
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES designed 1956; manufactured mid–1960s
    DIMENSIONS 32 1/2 x 33 x 35 in. (82.6 x 83.8 x 88.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Marked on metal (?) plate attached to underside of seat: "[u-shaped company logo] / herman miller"; on paper label on underside of seat: "This product manufactured under one or more of the following patents: / D 155 273 / D1922 799 / D193 339 / Re.249 64 / 2 649 136 / 2 / 697 575 / 2 738 835 / 2 767 775 / 2 812 800 / 2 813 528 / 2 893 469 / 2 956 618 / 2 969 831 / 2 995 762 / 3 009 740 / 3 024 068 / 3 039 727 / 3 041 109 / 3 042 978 / 3 043 640 / 3 043 642 / 3 046 572 / 3 075 235 / 3 082 036 / 3 109 679 / 3 110 534 / 3 114 575 / 3 124 390. / Also foreign patents and patents pending. For more / specific information on patents covering this product / write to: HERMAN MILLER, INC. / Zeeland Michigan"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alice Topp Lee in memory of David Conant Ford
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Armchair of molded rosewood plywood with cushions upholstered in black leather and filled with foam, down, and feathers; standing on black and polished aluminum base. Headrest, backrest, armrests, and seat are all separate sections made with a rectangular piece of molded plywood with curved corners, covered with a fitted cushion, and then joined together. There is a space between the headrest and backrest sections and they are attached with two bars at back; they both curve inward at sides to hug human body. Seat curves up at sides and has a rounded extension along each side edge that supports the armrests; armrests are bent outward into a roughly 90 degree angle with the vertical side attached to the side of the seat. All of the cushions are piped around their seams at edges; the cushions of the headrest, backrest, and seat each have two upholstered buttons, placed symmetrically off the center line and aligned between sections. Chair stands on pedestal composed of short cylindrical member leading to a 5-pronged base; pedestal attached to bottom of seat with metal plate; each prong of base has disk foot. En suite with ottoman 84.65.2. CONDITION: Fair; all sections show use and some scratches and stains. Wood appears to have been lightened, possibly due to fading, or more likely, cleaning.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978). Armchair, Model 670, designed 1956; manufactured mid–1960s. Rosewood, leather, aluminum, 32 1/2 x 33 x 35 in. (82.6 x 83.8 x 88.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Topp Lee in memory of David Conant Ford, 84.65.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.65.1_mark_bw.jpg)
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