Orange Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered RAR Rocking Arm Shell Chair
An example of a used, orange marmalade upholstered Herman Miller Eames armchair on a white fiberglass shell, completed with a newer light ash RAR rocking base. The warm orange marmalade fabric is a wonderful contrast to the white arm shell and will provide the ultimate comfort.
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 orange upholstered armchair is in good condition for its vintage age, the fabric will require some cleaning. There are no rips or tears on the fabric, nor the white shell. Further images are available upon request.
The newer, used light oak RAR rocking base is in excellent condition and is still very much functional.
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. A fantastic investment for those looking to own a vintage Eames piece.