Prototype Charles and Ray Eames Rope Edge Dax


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Item Description

Exceptional example of the Charles and Ray Eames Dax molded fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman Miller in one of the original colors, lemon yellow. This is an early chair made by Zenith with the rope edge, X-base, and checkerboard Zenith paper label. This is what has been dubbed First Generation of this fabulous chair. The defining characteristics are: Rope edge, larger shock mounts, type of glide, lemon yellow original color, translucent fiberglass, and checkboard Zenith/Herman Miller label.
What makes this example exceptional is that is was painted dark blue by the Zenith. This is the only example we know of. You can tell the paint is original, because the paint is visible under the Zenith label. This was probably an experiment to find out if painting the fiberglass instead of coloring it before production was an option. The piece shows a wonderful patina from years of very careful use. A unique collectors item.

Additional Information


Fiberglass, Steel


Good Wear consistent with age and use.


Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm) Width: 24.81 in. (63 cm) Depth: 24.02 in. (61 cm) Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)

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