Orange Herman Miller Original Eames RAR Arm Shell Chair
This original Herman Miller Eames salmon arm shell has a distinctive patina produced over its long years resulting in a very unique RAR rocking arm chair.
The Eames shell series chairs really do not need any introduction. With early prototypes beginning in the late 1940's, production began on the Eames' dream of 'chairs for the masses' in 1950 with the arm and then the sides later in 1952/53. The original and vintage fiberglass chairs were so versatile and so modern that they only increase in popularity as the years go by.
Fiberglass originals always have a base colour and gorgeous 'visible' fibers in the shell itself. Upholstered version were introduced by Herman Miller a little later on using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.
Time has given this shell a distinctive shade to the seat which looks marvelous, especially with its unique back.
Sadly there is a crack in the seat top, please see image, which has impacted the investment value of this shell. As a chair, it is excellent and is a beautiful colour, but the crack is the reason this chair is so cheap.
The used RAR base is still well constructed with only natural wear expected with being used.
The two triangles indicates this shell was made at the General American Transport factory, a factory believed to have been used for a short time before production was moved to Summit and Cincinnati.
Eames Shell Chairs vary from 1 to 5 stars for investment. The reasons depend on so many factors but mainly the condition, the rarity of the colour, the originality of the base, the age and of course the maker are those that determine. With its crack this chair may not prove to be a strong financial investment, but, the unique colour of this particular top should mean it gains much appreciation artistically.
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