Art + Design + HOUSE: Newburgh + Scavenging

Eames DKX chairs.

A set of four Eames DKX chairs came home with me over the weekend. I’ve long dreamed of having one of these—they look like drawings, like model drawings for the more ubiquitous fiberglass DSX chair (of which I have…many). They’re beautiful and sculptural. I love the shadows they cast. I almost feel a little bit teary-eyed looking at them.

Three of them are in near-perfect condition. The fourth needs some spot-welding on the seat and a couple of foot glides, but nothing major. They came with a set of orange 2-piece bikini pads (which need some repairs—it’s almost impossible to find a vintage pad set with the joining button intact), but I think I like them better naked.

My chair collection (which I never intended to be a “collection”!) is now totally ridiculous. Someday I have to corral them all into one room and take a photo.

I’m so happy I was able to find a full, vintage set of these chairs (from, once again, Iron Fish in Beacon—thank you, Mark). At $1200 (!!!) per chair for the current production by Vitra, it’s doubtful that I would ever be able to own a single one otherwise.

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  • Reply lsaspacey September 2, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    At first, I thought $1,200 per chair was what you paid!!! Arghhh!

  • Reply Matt September 2, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Be still my heart… great find!

  • Reply bri September 2, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Now all you need is a house bird!

  • Reply kristy September 3, 2008 at 12:14 am

    oh my oh my oh my i am so so jealous. jealous i tell you!!! did i say i was jealous? well i am!

  • Reply kathryn September 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

    oh, these are gorgeous. what an amazing find! and i agree, i like them better without the pads.

  • Reply Emily September 3, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I have a weakness for chairs and these are no exception. You are right though, they look better naked.

  • Reply griffo68 September 3, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Absolutely loving your chairs….great find!!
    They will look amazing in your home.
    I do have an ever increasing addiction/obsession with chairs especially Eames.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 3, 2008 at 4:24 am

    lsaspacey: NOooooooOOoooo!! I spent less money than you would buying four of the more expensive dining chairs from IKEA. I’m a deal-hunter, not a crazy (or rich) person!

    bri: I thought about recreating the classic Eames photo using Fritz in place of the bird, but I was too tired (and so was he). 🙂

  • Reply read me... September 3, 2008 at 6:52 am

    GOOD LORD… you lucky, lucky girl. They’re absolutely beautiful, and will look perfect if you fabulous home. I feel a little teary eyed for you!!!

  • Reply lesley September 3, 2008 at 9:06 am

    faaaaaabulous!!! I like ’em better naked, too.

  • Reply Sam September 3, 2008 at 9:11 am

    what a fantastic addition to your collection! where do you keep all those chairs?…

  • Reply Frances September 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I was surprised one day a few years ago to come home to one of those in my studio apartment in New York — my husband had found one at stoop sale for some insanely stupid price and snatched it right up. We felt like we somehow cheated the gods.

    They’re gorgeous. Not so comfortable, though. More for gazing at, I think…

  • Reply sulu-design September 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

    What a great score. Yay for Iron Fish! Strangely enough, I was just thinking about how much I miss that shop last night.

  • Reply jenn ski September 3, 2008 at 10:59 am

    wow! I’m so jealous

  • Reply kay* September 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

    as usual – great find! they will look amazing in your home and fit right in.

  • Reply stephanie September 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Wow! Congrats on your new chairs! They are fabulous!!

  • Reply megan September 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    amazingness! great find, anna.

  • Reply Jessica September 3, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    let me tell you..I am sooo jealous right now.

  • Reply woodley park-zoo September 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Ahhhhhh what a find!
    I like the bikini cover, especially custom ones in cool fabric (I saw that in some trade show pic once, forget who designed it though…) Like imagine a Missoniesque bikini…

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Sam: There are chairs ALL OVER my house — on the front porch, in the back garden, the hallway, the living room, the dining room, the bedroom, the office, the dressing room…and so on. There are even some in the basement awaiting repairs/reupholstery.

    It’s a bit much, yes, but I can’t help myself.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    WP-Z: There are some great custom bikini pads here, but no Missoni, sadly! I can see having a set made in soft, gray wool, but $550 is more than I want to spend right now.

  • Reply DiP September 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Good catch!
    My chair obsession goes back years!
    27 and counting in my herd!!!

  • Reply jennifer in sf September 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Major drool. I was just thinking how much a wanted a few of these or the Bertoias. Good score.

  • Reply A Merry Mishap September 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I’m insanely jealous!

  • Reply Leanne September 4, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Oh my – you have the best luck with chairs! I am going to make a trip to Beacon to visit Iron Fish one day.

  • Reply kelly September 4, 2008 at 8:03 am

    oh these are STELLAR!

  • Reply zee September 4, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Gosh, they’re gorgeous, and I also agree that they look much better nude. Although if you wanted a custom bikini cover, you could always try your hand at making your own. So where will these beauts go, have you decided? With the rest of the Eames troop in the dining room? I think Bertjan Pot’s Random light in black would complement their gothic shadowy-ness perfectly.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 4, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Zee: I don’t know where they’ll wind up, it depends on how well the repair work goes in the broken one. If it comes out fully durable, I’ll use them at the dining table in place of the current ones. Otherwise, they’ll be scattered throughout the house.

    Also, I love the Non-Random light, but unless I win the lottery… 😉

  • Reply kristin September 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I have to wonder: do you wake up in the mornings sometimes and pinch yourself because your house/renovation job/amazing furniture are all so lovely and wonderful that you can’t believe that they’re all yours?

    I think that I would 🙂

  • Reply mary jane September 22, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Great find! They are waaaay more comfortable wearing their bikini’s….combats grid-butt. Couldn’t be too hard to make, they could each sport a different suit.

  • Reply house decor September 25, 2008 at 1:08 am

    great designs. I love the red wire frame work

  • Reply alis November 3, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Absolutely gorgeous I’m actually drooling right now and hope to come across a similar bargain in the future!

  • Reply sandy anton December 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I have three of these chairs for sale in new jersey if anyone is interested. They need to be sandblasted as the paint is peeling on them. When I got them they were rusty and peeling and I havent restored them yet.

  • Reply Ryan October 16, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Hi! If you still have these, would you be interested in selling any of the pads?

    • Anna @ D16 October 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Yes, I still have them, but no, I’m not interested in selling.

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