Hello Readers!


We hope you’re doing well and that you’re ready to relax because we have an insightful blog post for you to enjoy with your afternoon cup of tea. 


Hopefully, one that will answer several questions you may have had regarding certain Eames products.


As the title of the blog post suggests, we will be talking about the differences between the Eames LCW and DCW chairs


They are both very similar looking pieces, meaning they both look amazing, but there are subtle differences in them and knowing those will help to recognize each straight away.

                         What does ‘DCW’ stand for?


DCW is the abbreviated name for Dining Height (D) Side Chair (C) On Wood (W). 


This piece was designed by Charles Eames and released back in 1946. The Eames DCW was most popular in the Calico Ash and Birch, but what most people might not know is that it was also sold in several wood veneers. 


The Eames DCW chairs were initially manufactured by the Evans Molded Plywood Company before Herman Miller took over.

                   What does ‘LCW’ stand for?


LCW Stands for Lounge Height (L) Side Chair (C) on Wood (W). 


This product went into distribution in 1947 when Herman Miller started to have an involvement in the partnership. A year after the DCW. 


The LCW was created using five layers of molded plywood and also two molded leg pieces that were fused together using a specialist machine to bend the wood which has given it the unique design that it has.


This information provided for the DCW & LCW is just to give you an idea about their background, specification, and general information. Our wiki segment on Eames.com provides in-depth information about both pieces and will hopefully leave you with all your questions answered.

                                                 What are the differences?


These two pieces can look very similar (especially on images and when not seen standing together) and so when either selling or buying, it’s important to know what the differences are.




The seating surface for the LCW is much wider than the DCW. 


Due to the purpose of the two, they had to be measured to make sure that one was appropriate to be used at a dining table and one was appropriate to be used to relax on. 


The width of the LCW plywood chair is 56.52cm whereas the width of the DCW is slightly less at 49.53cm.



The appearances of the two chairs can make it easy to confuse them with each other. 


However they have a number of noticeable differences in the angle which is useful to know. 


As you can see from the images, the angle of the LCW shows that it is lower in height (69.53cm), whereas the DCW is in more of an upright position with an increased height of (75.88cm), and this is due to it being a dining chair where it’s more normal to be sitting up right.


Because of the difference in height, this means that the chair legs are also different. However, they both have matching 5 layers of Molded plywood as the base.



Regardless of their differences, once aspect that makes them both very unique and valuable, is how they were made with natural veneers. I


n addition to the Calico Ash, Birch and Walnut that they were originally created in, they were also released in Rosewood which is extremely rare. 


Throughout time after they were released again, they extended the colors they already had and released colors such as Light Oak and Santos Palisander.


Now you know the difference between the DCW & LCW chairs! If you do want to see them in person, the Eames.com team will be at a number of trade shows this year, two of them being in Brussels and Amsterdam. 


We will confirm with you closer to the time about when they are and how you can go, along with the different types of Eames products that will be at the event.


We hope you enjoyed this week's blog post!


Until next time, have fun browsing!


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