Black 'Two-Tone' Herman Miller Vintage Eames Upholstered RAR Black Arm Shell Chair
A rare example of an all-black Herman Miller original Eames arm shell with a ‘two-tone’ black upholstery with fabric seat pad designed by Alexander Girard. Sat upon its original contrasting dark wood, silver frame RAR base this arm shell would make a fantastic addition to any home or chosen space.
The early versions of these tops were designed as early as the 1940s and once they had begun production in the early 1950s and their popularity grew, Herman Miller’s design director was approached, the famous Alexander Girard, to help design a multitude of upholstered coverings for the iconic shells. This particular example sports a vinyl backrest and arms and a fabric seat pad and, on its black shell, gives the top a unique finish.
The ‘two-tone’ upholstered finish of this arm shell makes it a more unique version of the extremely popular shell chairs and with it being in such great condition for its age it really is a rare find!
The ‘S’ inside the circle logo on the underside of the shell indicates it originates from Herman Miller’s Summit Price factory in Michigan.
The Eames Shell Chairs are a much coveted design piece and their investment value is determined by many various factors. The age of the shell, its colour and condition along with the factory of origin all play a role along with the originality of the base it is sat upon. This particular top is a unique finish and should prove to be a very respectable investment piece.