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An example of an original Alex Girard designed upholstery, on white Herman Miller Eames side shell chair, complete with a newer, used black DSR Eiffel base. The grey upholstery has a gorgeous subtle blue hue, which compliments well against the contrast of the white shell and the base.
The Eames shells require little introduction with prototypes beginning in the 1940s, production began in 1950. Arm shells were the first to be produced and the side shells were introduced in 1952/1953.
Alexander Girard was commissioned to help design a wide variety of upholstery finishes for both the side and arm shells, providing an alternative to the standard fiberglass shells and expanding the buying options for these chairs.
The side shell is in a used condition for their age with only some light marking expected with age. The fabric is still in very good condition, although it may need a little it of cleaning to revitalise it.
The ‘S’ stamp signifies these shells originate from the Summit Herman Miller factory.