DCM (Dining Chair Metal) Designer: Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978)
Manufacturer: Evans Products Company (American, 1931–1986)
Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Inc. (American, founded 1923)
Designer: Ray Eames (American, 1912–1988)
Retailer: Lit Brothers Furniture

designed 1946; manufactured 1946–49; retailed 1950

American Decorative Arts

The DCM (dining chair metal) was the most popular plywood chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Red annaline–dyed examples were made briefly, from 1946 to 1949, by Evans Products before manufacturing was taken over by Herman Miller. The chair's back and seat panels were curved in two directions, an innovation in bentwood furniture. The simple lines and light weight typify the move toward informality in postwar interiors.


Red aniline dyed plywood seat and back, chromium-plated steel frame, rubber mounts


29 1/2 × 19 1/4 × 23 in. (74.93 × 48.895 × 58.42 cm)

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Gift of Randall Garrett, B.A. 1972, M.A. 1975

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20th century


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Lit Brothers, Philadelphia, 1950; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Slevin, Enfield, Pa., 1950; sold through an unknown dealer to Daniel Ostroff, Los Angeles, 2001; sold to Randall Garrett, Houston, 2001-3; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2003

  • John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 392–93, no. 277
  • "Acquisitions 2003," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 127–28, ill
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dining chairs


"Manufactured by/EVANS PRODUCTS COMPANY/MOLDED PLYWOOD DIVISION/herman miller/furniture company/SOLE DISTRIBUTOR/Designed by/CHARLES EAMES," on printed label affixed to underside of seat

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