Raw Umber Herman Miller Vintage Eames RAR Arm Shell Chair
You cannot get better than an excellent example of an original vintage Herman Miller Eames Arm shell chair in Raw Umber sitting on a used RAR base. A distinctive and yet unique colour, raw umber was one of the eleven standard colours made available by Herman Miller for general purchase. Sitting on its rocking base, this chair is the perfect example of the iconic shell chair.
When the shells were first introduced, the arm in 1950 and the side later in 1952/53, they were available in four colours: seafoam, elephant hide grey, parchment and greige. As the shells became more popular, Herman Miller introduced new colours, increasing the number available to eleven and also produced another sixteen colours as ‘contract colours’, either large order shells or, occasionally, as shells used to be covered by one of the numerous upholstery options also made available.
A bold but neutral colour, this particular colour sits between grey and greige in its finish and is a rarer shell to find, especially in such good condition.
This shell is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks whilst the bold colour has not faded over time.
The two triangles stamp on the underside of the shell indicates it originates from Herman Miller’s Summit Plastics factory.
The Eames’s work is highly coveted. From their artwork to their furniture, their work attracts interest from everywhere. The shells are great investment piece, especially vintage ones. Like many things, their age, factory of origin and even colour can affect the shells’ value. This gorgeous example is a fantastic version of the iconic arm shell in an untarnished raw umber colour. This chair should see considerable interest over time.