Special Edition Upholstered Eames Dots White Arm Shell with RAR Base
This is a used, vintage upholstered white shell embellished with Eames’s special edition Dots design, attached to a beautiful, natural walnut wood RAR base. This rocking chair is unique in its design, which was created in 1947 for the Museum of Modern Art’s textile competition. The design comprises of intriguing connecting dots, almost like sparkling crystals. As a limited edition, this rocking armchair would be a spectacular decorative piece at home.
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.
The RAR base was only available until 1968, after which they were only available to the employees of Herman Miller who were expecting children. It was customary for the employee to choose which top they wanted and, once they had done so, a birth plate with the name and birthday of the child was screwed to the back of the shell and the chair was gifted to the employee!
This RAR chair is used, and the condition reflects its age, with a few marks on the base. The upholstered fabric still remains in good condition, and the shell is still in a very good condition with no cracks or dent.
The Herman Miller stamp indicates that the chair was manufactured in the 1960s-1990s.
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 the inclusion of the birth plate on this particular chair aids with its investment value, especially as this chair is also a limited-edition design.