Terracotta Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered RAR Rocking Arm Chair
An example of a used, vintage Herman Miller Eames arm shell chair, with gorgeous, deep Terracotta vinyl upholstery, enclosed on a porcelain white fiberglass, completed with a newer, light ash-wooded RAR rocking base. This white shell works wonderfully on the warm dazzling terracotta vinyl, a modernized color to liven up your living room.
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 a used, vintage condition, with some pulling on the stitching section. Otherwise, there are no major marks or scratches on the chair, further images are available upon request. The rocking RAR base is fantastic and provides excellent stability to the chair.
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, especially as Terracotta is considered as a very desirable colour.