Part of the Wire Mesh Chair Series, the abbreviated Eames DKW Chair stood for Dining (D) Height, K-Wire (K) chair on Wooden (W) Base. The PKW was essentially a pivoting (P) version of the same base. The designated 1 and 2 of the model was the indication of which upholstery the chair was shipped with, 1 being full cover and 2 the two-piece Bikini set.
As with all the Wire Side Chairs, the wooden dowel bases were adopted from those already used on the plastic series chairs. They were available in either a choice of Birch or Walnut and in either fixed (DKW) or pivoting (PKW) versions. Following their development in the previous year, they were released to the market in 1952 along with the Eiffel (DKR), four leg (DKX), Cats Cradle (LKR) and rocking (RKR) versions.
The chair of steel frame in black, upholstery and dowel base is a truly wonderful visual combination. It was just a shame that the dowel bases did not survive past 1954. The design was essentially flawed in that the weight being applied to the chair would often result in splintering, cracking and even complete breaks in the legs. For this reason, they were sadly discontinued. Dowel bases made a comeback in the 2000's re-releases of the Eames DKW Side Chair, but they were made with metal rods inside the legs to enable them to safely take the weight.
The surviving scarcity of the original bases have given them a real collectibility and high secondary market value. Original fabric covers of Alexander Girard designed textiles are also highly desirable.
|Seat Height||18.5”||47 cm|
|Top||Molded and Resistance Welded Steel wire – Black Or Zinc Plated|
|Base||Welded Steel Frame|
|Feet||Dowel Leg Originally Birch or Walnut, later also Ash (post 2001)|