Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Metal Base


Designed by Charles and Ray Eames



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Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Metal Base

Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Metal Base

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This chair's curved plywood seat and back are so thin, the design was nicknamed the "potato chip chair" soon after it was launched. Decades later, it earned a different title, when Time magazine named it the Best Design of the 20th century.
Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Metal Base


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Packaging Dimensions:
33" x 24" x 22"
Package Weight:
21 lbs.
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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

Seating Fabrics

For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric as needed, using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

Total Height 29.75"
Seat Height 17.5"
Width 19.75"
Depth 20.75"


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Two of four broke
We purchased four Herman Miller DCM (Dining Chair, Metal Base) Eames dining chairs about 18 months ago. Of the four, two have since broken.

We are an adult household, no undue abuse, and at almost $900 per chair, we expected they would last forever. In fact, we purchased this chair not only because it is elegant and iconic, but because we wanted commercial grade quality. We could easily have gone to the local furniture stores and purchased a run-of-the-mill chair at a quarter of the price, but we wanted top quality as well as first rate design. What we got was chairs that we are afraid to sit on.

To add to the problem, we received a complete lack of support from Herman Miller. In our case, the bolts holding the plywood back sheared off two of the four chairs. We feel the fact that the same failure was evident in 50% of the chairs within weeks of one another, points to defective bolts with compromised shear strength. Herman Miller’s response, when asked to replace the bolts on the remaining two, was to refuse to replace two bolts on each of the remaining two chairs—really, how much could that cost? Their explanation was that they didn’t want to invalidate their own warranty, as if they had no control over the situation. Their position is that they will replace the bolts as they fail. So apparently, while they don’t want to pay for four bolts, they have no problem putting us and our guests at risk. So much for dealing with a top-notch commercial company.

I would recommend that if you want a chair that is iconic and durable you purchase Emeco’s original Navy Chair, that is our replacement for nearly $4,000 worth of Herman Miller furniture.
December 20, 2019
Bought 4, 2 Broke
We bought 4 of these thinking they would be very durable for use in our kitchen (house with only 2 adults). 3 years in, the metal base on one chair broke sending the guest to the floor. After spending money to replace the chair, a different one broke in the same spot yesterday. The chair was 9 years old. Quality of metal for the base is suspect. Too expensive for chairs that don't last.
May 2, 2019
Response from Herman Miller
I'm so sorry to hear your chairs broke! I'm reaching out to you via email to learn some additional information.
May 3, 2019
Stephanie S
Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair
I love these chairs. The grain of the backs and seats of the chairs are beyond gorgeous. I have four originals from the 1960s. There have been many improvements over the years in quality and aesthetics. I cherish both sets of chairs.
February 5, 2019

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How much do new shock mounts cost for my DCM chairs?

We purchased these chairs about 60 years ago. Now the shock mounts need to be replaced.
A shopper on Mar 3, 2015
can i get parts for tis chair? i need feet and a couple screws to hold the back on
kirk r on Aug 31, 2018
Best Answer: For replacement parts availability, please contact the local Herman Miller Dealer in your area by following the link found here: https://www.hermanmiller.com/where-to-buy/contact-a-dealer/.