Eames® Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM)

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®


Item Number: 121217
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The iconic DCM (1946) began as an experiment in the Eameses’ apartment, where they were molding plywood in what they called the “Kazam! Machine.” The machine pressed thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. Humble beginnings for what would become one of the world’s most widely recognized and highly coveted chairs. Low-slung, with an expertly crafted molded seat and back (no bike pumps are used today), this chair cradles you in a comfortable position. Its form relates directly to the human body and holds no secrets as to how it succeeds technically. The slender rod base provides superior strength, while rubber shock mounts buffer against jarring movement. This original is an authentic product of Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.

  • DCM stands for dining chair with metal legs.
  • Eames® Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM)
  • Eames® Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM)


Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames

U.S.A. (1907–1978) U.S.A. (1912–1988)

Design is for living. That maxim shaped a widespread shift in design during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a revolution of form, an exciting visual language that signaled a new age and a fresh start – and two of its prime movers were Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were a husband-and-wife team whose unique synergy led to a whole ...

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H 29.5" D 20.5" W 20.5" Seat H 17.5"


Molded five-ply seat and back; walnut, white ash or santos palisander wood veneer, ebony-stained ash veneer or red-stained ash veneer; chromed-steel or black powder-coated legs and back brace; rubber shock mounts; self-leveling nylon glides.

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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
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Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. We're sorry to hear about your experience with the Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chairs. We want to make sure all of our customers are totally happy with their purchases, so thank you for giving us an opportunity to fix this. Please email us at service@dwr.com with your order details - happy to help from there!

December 23, 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
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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