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No big surprise there, as this bent plywood chair is the iconic work of two of the most influential 20th-century furniture designers. However, this chair wasn’t the Museum’s first Eames object. Well, to tell the truth, I put in to motion the Museum’s acceptance of the DCW based on a hunch…and I just might be wrong.

The Collection already included one DCW chair (pictured at left), a 1946 folding plywood screen, and several examples of the World War II U. Navy leg splint that bolstered Ray and Charles’ experiments in complex two-way bent molded plywood. Charles and Ray Eames, DCW (Dining Chair Wood), 1948.

At one point we went into their bedroom and I headed directly for a very old-looking chest-of-drawers.

I pulled the top drawer open about 3″, looked at the side of the drawer and felt the exposed bottom. That’s my wife’s private drawer.” Followed immediately by my wife’s reassuring, “Don’t worry.

If you have additional clues about the red aniline dye on this chair, please let me know through the comments section.

Mel Buchanan is the Assistant Curator of 20th-century Design.

Simply pull a drawer out a few inches, glance at the joinery on the side and feel the drawer bottom underneath – essentially a single motion.

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I think it was applied later because to my eyes, the paint is slightly layering over the label itself.Manufactured by Evans Products Co, Distributed by Herman Miller Inc. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Janet and Marvin Fishman, M2011.46. This additional version of the DCW (pictured at right) came to us from a situation where we had no information from its owner about details of its past or how it was acquired.There was little documentation, and we had to act quickly.After Herman Miller produced the chair for about a year or so, the bolt configuration changed to 5-2-4.This post, like much other research, is a work in progress.

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