Part of the Eames plastic fiberglass series, the Eames DSX Chair abbreviation stood for Dining (D) Side Chair (S) on X Base. The MSX is the same only the M refers to it being medium height. The DSG (Dining Side Guard) which was developed later in the mid-1950s was essentially a DSX with longer back legs that ingeniously prevented the shell from making impact with a wall!
The X part of the Eames DSX Side Chair name refers to the original base when it was developed. The original design of base, made for the Zenith Plastics manufactured DAX arm tops had an X criss-cross pattern on the part that connects to the seat top. This was then replaced by the H base in 1954 which was technically a better made and more versatile fitment which lasted through the generations of shells in years ahead.
The names DSX and MSX were kept the same even after the change from X to H base.
These more traditional ‘four legged’ variants sold in far higher numbers than the DSR and DSW and were the best seller of plastic side chairs outside of the commercial DSS stacking version. They too were available with a removable hopsack cover by Alexander Girard and with permanent upholstery too on later models. Finding original, usable excellent condition removable covers is very rare.
It is possible to find early X base versions (not DSG) of these with the original first edition feet, called the ‘domes of silence’. Most of the 50’s versions can be found with the rubber boot glides before Herman Miller progressed to the white nylon self-leveling glides that are still being used even today. The chair was made in countless shell colors throughout the years.
|Height||31.25” (79.4cm)||28.75" (73.02cm)||31.25” (79.4cm)|
|Width||18.5” (47cm)||18.5” (47cm)||18.5” (47cm)|
|Depth||22” (55.88cm)||23” (58.42cm)||23.5" (59.7cm)|
|Seat height||18” (45.72cm)||15.75" (40cm)||18” (45.72cm)|
|Top||Molded Plastic Zenaloy (fiberglass re-enforced plastic)|
|Base||Tubular Steel Frame (X or H Base)|
|Feet||Domes of Silence, Boot Glide, White Nylon Glide|