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"DCM" Side Chair

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MANUFACTURER Evans Products Company
MEDIUM Plywood, metal, rubber
  • Place Manufactured: Venice, California, United States
  • DATES 1946–1949
    DIMENSIONS 29 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 20 3/4 in. (75.2 x 49.2 x 52.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Affixed to underside of seat at front, rectangular gray sticker printed: within a red circle "[in black] EVANS / EVANS" intersecting in cross and sharing the letter A; below "[in red script] Manufactured by / [in black print] EVANS PRODUCTS COMPANY / MOLDED PLYWOOD DIVISION"; in lower left corner "[in black print] herman Miller [M is large, stylized letter in red and overlaps lines above it] / furniture company / SOLE DISTRIBUTOR"; in lower right corner "[black script] Designed by / [in red print] CHARLES EAMES"
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Olive Emslie
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION "DCM" side chair of molded plywood and chromed metal. Back is trapezoidal piece of plywood, narrower at top and with rounded corners; seat is a larger, trapezoidal piece of plywood, wider at front and with rounded corners; both back and seat curved to fit contours of human body. Short, horizontal metal tube with flattened disk ends attached to back side of chair back with screws and rubber shock mounts; a tubular metal "spine" is soldered to the center of this tube; the spine runs down and underneath seat where it is attached with screws and rubber shock mounts. Two front legs and two back legs each formed by continuous piece of tubular metal bent into an inverted "U" (front leg piece is higher); each leg piece soldered to spine underneath seat. Legs terminate in disk feet with black rubber collars. CONDITION: Good; scratches on chair back and seat; metal parts are tarnished and have rust spots; rubber parts corroded.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978). "DCM" Side Chair, 1946–1949. Plywood, metal, rubber, 29 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 20 3/4 in. (75.2 x 49.2 x 52.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Olive Emslie, 1990.191. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.191.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1990.191.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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