Blue Vinyl Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered Blue RAR Arm Chair
A rather novel find; an original blue Eames Herman Miller arm shell chair finished in matching blue vinyl by Alex Girard on its new, used, light wood RAR base. A very unique finish, most shells on the upholstered shells were a standard colour; having a coloured shell was a rarer choice but matching vinyl is rarer still. The shell is a little aged, but is otherwise a rather unique example of the iconic Eames shell.
The design of the shell has changed very little over the many years it has seen production, with only changes to the mounts and the introduction of the upholstered finishes being implemented. The design director for Herman Miller (and the Eames’s friend) Alexander Girard was approached to help design upholstered finishes for the side and arm shells. Girard was known for his extensive and dedicated approach to his work and, typical of his style, he produced a wide variety of options using fabric and vinyl for the Eames’s shell chairs.
The arm shell is in a used condition. It does show signs of its being used, the vinyl does have a small cut in the stitching and part of the edging is starting to come away, but, otherwise, the shell is in good vintage condition with no cracks or dents in it. Price is reflective of its used appearance.
The ‘S’ inside the circle indicates this shell originates from Herman Miller’s Summit Plastics factory.
The Eames shells are a great investment piece, but many factors affect how valuable they are. The origin of the shell, its age and even the colour can have an effect on its value. The good condition of the shell, coupled with its’ colour, on this particular chair aids with its investment value.
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