Brown Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered RAR Rocking Arm Shell Chair
A vintage Herman Miller Eames black arm shell chair is emboldened by its original Alexander Girard brown vinyl and it’s used, newer, dark wood RAR rocking base. The deep colours of the shell and the aged, but still good, naugahyde vinyl work effortlessly with the dark colour of the RAR bases’ runners. The vinyl finish is easy to clean whilst looking stunning with its chocolate brown complimenting the black of the shell.
The Eames shells require little introduction with prototypes beginning in the late 1940s, production began in 1950. Arm shells were the first to be produced and the side shells were introduced in 1952/1953.
Alexander Girard was commissioned to help design a wide variety of upholstery finishes for both the side and arm shells, providing an alternative to the standard fiberglass shells and expanding the buying options for these chairs.
The arm shell is in good condition for its age; the vinyl upholstery is in well used but sturdy vintage condition with no lifts or tears. There are some age related marks on it which may lessen with cleaning, but they have not cut through the vinyl. The shell displays no cracks or dents.
The ‘S’ inside the circle stamp signifies the 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 condition of the upholstery and shell on this particular chair aids with its investment value.
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