The Zenith Herman Miller LAX chair, in elephant hide grey:
The Eames Herman Miller fibreglass chair (Venice label), in parchment:
(they also have one in seafoam green):
Another grey Zenith Herman Miller chair, with a birch swivel dowel base (my favorite base):
I've read a lot of articles about people accidentally spending major cash but not actually acquiring an original, so it's so comforting to see these labels (a reputable and knowledgeable source is important as well):
These chairs are such an amazing piece of history - parchment and elephant-hide grey are even two of the first colours produced. The Eames fibreglass chair was actually designed in 1948, created by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, and entered into The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition. It was first sold in 1950, so these chairs were early in the production.
What an accomplishment to design something that, generations later, people are just as - if not more - excited by. And what treasure-hunting prowess to find these chairs! Right now they are my favorite pieces at New Old House, but who knows what I'll be drooling over next time.
P.S. Do you even think about just how long a vintage or antique furniture piece needed to hang on for us to be able to find and use it now? How it has survived moves, trends, kids (!) and still clung to dear life, waiting for someone to cherish it? I weirdly think about this a lot.