Eames Catalog


DAT-1 1953 [Video]

Herman Miller
Plastic chair

Desk Armshell Tilt Upholstered

34 1/2" H by 24 7/8" W by 23" D

Seat  height 16 1/2" to 20"

Weight 33 pounds

Introduced in 1953 this is the first Eames chair with casters.  The base is iron and it is coated in a "wrinkle black baked enamel," an industrial finish provided for its durability.  The base is a simple "x form" with molded aluminum caps, with rounded tops, to provide a more friendly resting place for the sitter's feet than was provided by the right angles of the steel structure.  These molded caps were the first Eames Office design rendered in cast aluminum.

When first described in Herman Miller literature:  "The upholstered version of the new tilt swivel chair.  An office desk chair with a rubber torque tilting unit.  The base has cast aluminum foot pieces and full swiveling casters."

This chair also features the first Eames Office sourced tilt mechanism, which eventually went through various changes over the years.  It is black iron, with a black metal turning device.

JF Chen Collection

This very example, which is displayed in the PACIFIC STANDARD TIME PARTICIPATING GALLERY EXHIBITION:  Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection, was used by The Getty for an ICE CUBE ad campaign.

You can read the details of that story here:


And you can enjoy the photos by Curbed's Adrian Glick Kubler, in Additional Notes below, and be sure to see other details of the chair in the Image Gallery below.

Here's a later model of DAT-1

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image copyright / eames office


ICE CUBE poster and this Eames DAT-1


ICE CUBE poster and the Eames photo that inspired him

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