Green Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered Black RAR Rocking Chair
A vintage Herman Miller black Eames arm shell with stunning green Alexander Girard designed vinyl upholstery and a new walnut RAR base is a great blend. The vinyl finish is easy to clean whilst looking stunning with its rich shade of dark green and on the rocking base makes it a coveted lounge piece.
The Eames shells require little introduction with prototypes beginning in the 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 though does display some slight cuts in the vinyl and the edging is starting to come away in one small section; otherwise, the shell itself does not display any cracks or dents.
The picture of the base varies slightly since the new RAR rocking base is made of walnut wood as opposed to the dark wood, which is slightly lighter with beautiful natural grains.
The ‘C’ with the star symbol on the shell indicates this shell was produced in Herman Miller’s Cincinnati 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 colour combination between upholstery and shell on this particular chair aids with its investment value.