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DCM (Dining Chair Metal)

Decorative Arts

The DCM is one of the most important and influential chairs of the postwar period. Although its official name mundanely refers to its use and materials—dining chair, metal (base)—it is commonly known as the “Potato Chip” chair because of its crisp, curving shapes. Growing out of wartime efforts to create a splint that conformed to the contours of the leg, this chair too is “organic” because its function is to support, and mimic, the shape of the human body.
MEDIUM Birch plywood, metal
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES Designed 1946
    DIMENSIONS 29 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (74.3 x 49.5 x 57.8 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER X748
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978). DCM (Dining Chair Metal), Designed 1946. Birch plywood, metal, 29 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (74.3 x 49.5 x 57.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X748. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION DCM dining chair of wood and metal. Back and seat are molded, five-ply birch plywood, 5/16" thick, both curved to fit the body and both of trapezoidal form with rounded corners. U-shaped sections of steel tubing form the front and back leg units and the tips of the legs are mounted with rubber pads and metal cups. Front legs are attached to seat with two rubber shock mounts and welded to 7/16" diameter steel rod which curves up from under seat to form the spine connecting seat and back. Rear leg unit welded to spine at curve. Top of spine welded to a horizontal bar which is mounted to the back with two rubber shock mounts.
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