Tan Herman Miller Vintage Eames Upholstered RAR Contract Arm Shell Chair
This is a rare example of a Herman Miller original Eames white contract arm shell with ‘two-tone’ tan vinyl and fabric seat pad designed by Alexander Girard. This particular version is slightly more unique in the fact that it is a ‘Contract’ Shell which means the top of the shell ‘rounds’ slightly more to the point than the usual arm tops. Sat upon its used RAR base, this chair is a stylish and comfortable piece.
The early versions of these tops were designed as early as the 1940s and once they had begun production in 1950 and their popularity grew, both generally and commercially. The ‘contract’ edition of the shells came in a new set of colours and, in respects of the arm shells, the back-rest was much rounder than the standard arm shell giving it a smoother, more professional look. Charles and Ray approached the famous Alexander Girard, who was a good friend of theirs, to help design a multitude of upholstered coverings for the iconic shells which adorned both the general and contract shells alike. This particular example sports a vinyl backrest and arms and a fabric seat pad giving 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 coupled with its being a contract shell, it really is a rare find!
The CPi logo on the underside of the shell is the Century Plastics company, the company founded by the original engineers Irv Green and Sol Fingerhut after Zenith Plastics was bought out by Herman Miller.
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 contract top is a unique finish and with having the rare ‘CPi’ logo should prove to be a very respectable investment piece.
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