DKR-2 (Dining Bikini Rod)

designed 1951, made 1951–53
Designed by Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978), Designed by Ray Eames (American, 1912–1988), Manufacturer Herman Miller Furniture Company (active 1923–present)

Object Place: Zeeland, Michigan, United States


81.28 x 44.45 x 49.53 cm (32 x 17 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted steel wire, original leather upholstery

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)




Seating and beds

Two-piece azure-colored leather upholstery. Grid-patterned bucket seat sets upon a wire base. Wire painted black. Note that “Rod” in the title of this model chair refers to the metal rods in the base; the chair could be purchased with a variety of different base structures. “Bikini” refers to the style of upholstery.


Labels on underside:
Ink on paper
"State of New York / Department of Labor / 1c inspection stamp / Division of bedding 1 c"
Ink on cloth tag:
"Space to attach / Do not remove this tag / under penalty of law. / All new material / consisting of oily cattle body hair / Reg. no. CALWW 2097 PER. No. Comm-2700 / Reg. no. Cal-7053 Per. No. NY- 569 / Per. No. Pa-607 / Certification if / Made that the / materials in this / articles are De- / scribed in ac- / cordance with / law. / contents sterilized [visible under stamp] Minn. / approved April 24, 1929; New Jersey re- / vised STATUTES 26; 10- / 6 to 18. / Made by / HERMAN MILLER FURNITURE COMPANY / 901 W. Washington Blvd. Venice, California / date of delivery.


1953, purchased from McCurdy's Department Store, Rochester, New York by Roger and Doris Goodrich, Rochester, New York; 1985, given by the Goodriches, then of Squantum, Massachusetts to the MFA (Accession date: April 24, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Roger and Doris Goodrich


Used with permission. Herman Miller, Inc.® Eames®