Find of the day – Castelli DSC 106

Picked up this sweet old Castelli DSC 106 chair for $30 from City Liquidators today! It was part of a pair but the  other one was missing some of the feet, and I’m pretty sure they are made of unobtanium.

It’s apparently a 1965 design, by the Castelli company. It’s a pretty handsome, and cleverly engineered. Only four  screws are used in the entire thing. The chairs consist of cast aluminum side brackets, with tube steel legs and  under-seat crossbars clad in grey plastic. Small nylon stops set into the bottom of the side brackets keep them  from clanking when stacked up. The seat and back are molded plywood, and can be found upholstered in vinyl, cloth,  or bare with a varnished finish.

They’re still made today, sold as the Haworth DSC Axis 106, and retail between $570 and $787 depending on finish.  More info from the company here.

Not sure how you can date one of these chairs accurately. One of the differentiating characteristics seems to be a  number cast above the logo on the inside of the side brackets. My chair’s logo has an 8, and I’ve found examples of  the logo with castings of 22, 73/7, and 69/6. I think it’s safe to say that the latter two are year/month combos,  but I’m not so sure about the single and double digit ones. Maybe month of production since launch?

5 thoughts on “Find of the day – Castelli DSC 106

  1. Bought one yesterday. Think it’s end 60’s or begin 70’s. Mine has a leather surface. It’s beautiful.

  2. Hi,

    I’ve recently bought afew DSC 106 chairs and would like to know if you polished the aluminum structure and what method did you use.

    Great article.

  3. I found a chair recently and pulled the screws to take it apart for a refinish but nothing comes apart. How does it break down?

    • I had to take a few whacks at it with a rubber mallet. The parts fit together very tightly, but they did come apart.

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