The 5-2-5 screw pattern of the first generation LCW with Evans label is present. I have a lot of questions that I can’t answer about this: When it comes time to exhibit or write further about this chair, I’ll call in the expertise of our conservation staff to see what we can learn from a materials standpoint. For more information on situating that particular label and the information it contains, I turned to a trusted source on all things Ray and Charles Eames: the “Eames Office.”  Using their thorough website, I could compare the Museum’s newly-acquired chair with their original 1948 LCW on the Eames online furniture raisonne, without even leaving my desk. However–and here we return to the part where I might be wrong–I’m still not completely sure that I have one here. [It’s also my *guess* that the dye was applied with a rag, rather than a brush. Also, try to avoid lifting the chair by its seat back. Do look out for early Evans or Herman Miller versions that have been incorrectly repaired with two back mounts instead of the one oval version.

And, the intention was to make sure all parts were covered in dye from the same bucket, rather than dye a bunch of legs on one line, from one bucket, and spines on another line from a different bucket, and have them not match at assembly. The screws at the top are always wood screws, with shockmount bolts making up the rest of the 2 and bottom 5 combination.

1st generation Evans products plywood LCW with melamine coating, Later model Walnut Eames LCW plywood side chair, 1950 Herman Miller Eames Plywood chair vintage advert, Profile view of the Eames LCW plywood chair, Original Herman Miller print advert with the LCW, Early Evans LCW in original leather upholstery (image courtesy of D Rose Mod), Underside of early Evans LCW showing 5-2-5 screw pattern, Late model LCW in Santos Palisander Veneer. The Eames LCW Plywood Chair was a fusion of five separate molded plywood forms and gained the Eames LCW Chair an iconic status. Herman Miller purchased the rights of the plywood LCW chair in 1949 and by 1950 was beginning to produce their own versions of the design. This new screw pattern alongside one of the Herman Miller labels will show a second generation piece. This dates the chair to almost exactly 1948. The Eames DCW Chair, an abbreviation for the Dining Height (D) Side Chair (C) on Wood (W) Base.

Also visible in this photograph is the 5-2-5 arrangement of screws often used to help distinguish between eras of Eames chair manufacture. The first generations are rarely found with upholstery in leather, fabric or slunk skin (calf hide), Oval large shock mount of the first generation of LCW plywood chairs, 1st Generation - Evans Plywood Products - Continued. “LCW” stands for “Low Chair Wood”, for example, while “DCM” means “Dining Chair Metal.” Late in 2010 I advocated that the Museum accept a Ray and Charles Eames DCW (“Dining Chair Wood”) into the Permanent Collection. The small circular aluminum feet of the second generation LCW, 2nd Generation - (1st Herman Miller Gen) - Continued.

After Herman Miller produced the chair for about a year or so, the bolt configuration changed to 5-2-4. It’s my guess, based on the dozen or so red chairs I’ve seen, that the dye was applied after the chairs were assembled. By 1946, four plywood adult chairs had been developed for market release as well as the child's nested chair. But, we don’t normally see original black or red chairs with dye over the label.

To create this elegant look, the Eames’s invented a type of rubber shock mount that holds the components together from the inside. best Eames marketplace in the world, Take a look at the most popular items of And, why this one? Herman Miller has made the LCW available in differing wood types since the re-release including oak, ash and Santos Palisander as well as a degree of upholsteries. By giving us your email address you are agreeing to allow us to send you emails periodically. If you have additional clues about the red aniline dye on this chair, please let me know through the comments section. In 1994 Herman Miller re-issued the LCW chair to the marketplace.

The value of an LCW is generally based on its age first, then condition and wood/upholstery variant. Herman Miller was drafted in to distribute the furniture in 1947 and later went on to buy the rights and operation to the whole catalog in 1949, a start of an amazing design partnership. This post, like much other research, is a work in progress. Early upholstered versions are especially valuable so check them for rips and tears as they will impact the value greatly.

Nice to know where I can go to get information about it now.

Is this an original red aniline dyed example… or not? The back rest and seat were then fixed to the support via rubber shock mounts kept largely from view. Some of the very early versions of the plywood LCW were laminated in Melamine in order to preserve it during use however it was found to react with sunlight and turn white. […] From Museum Storage–Beneath a Ray and Charles Eames LCW Chair […]. It looks like somebody also tried stripping the red chair, and made an effort to avoid the label area, for common sense reasons[thankfully].

When and why was this red paint added around the label?

The edges are especially susceptible so check those thorough and look out for attempts of re-gluing old cracks or breaks. Laminated walnut, rubber and aluminium mounts, height 65 cm. or a very bad sign (someone later added it). But, this particular label also tells us it was made late in that period, during the transitional period when the chairs were distributed by Herman Miller out of Michigan. We often see wax paper, or some sort of paper, in between the mounts and the seat.

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. Each week we feature some great Eames SHOCK MOUNTS FOR EAMES, HERMAN MILLER EVANS LCW/DCW CHAIR BACK REST ROUND PARTS . Eames vintage furniture available, Your experience is not only a The LCW was a wonderful fusion of five separate molded plywood forms. The expansion and contraction [from humidity, and temperature] of the individual parts drives stress into the shock mounts, which are old and brittle. Early Evans examples can also be found in dyed aniline colors of red and black. The very earliest LCW chairs by Evans and first Herman Miller ones may have the model written on the underside of the seat or on the label. Years of designs and prototypes were finally developed and refined in 1946 to give four choices of adult chairs ready for the general market. $19.99. It’s not uncommon for customers to get 15–25% off the list price after negotiating. I could confirm that the Museum’s chair has the “transitional label” just like the one on the bottom of the 1948 LCW in the Eames collection chair. Many collectors are strict about disassembling these chairs.

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