Rare Eames 1st Edition 'RAR' Zenith Rocking Chair

The RAR Rocking Chair is a celebrated icon of modern design.

W 63cm, D 70cm, H 66.5cm | Seat H 41.5cm




The RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod) was Charles and Ray Eames' first commercial success. The prototype was designed for MoMA's low cost furniture competition in 1948, where it won first prize. It is now recognised as one of the defining classics of modern design. The now iconic design is deceptively simple and a brilliant example of the refined, playful and highly functional furniture designed by the Eames'. With its organic shell, integrated armrests and modernist form, the RAR was an instant hit with the younger generation of taste makers.

This is a rare early edition dating from 1951–1953. The first fibreglass Eames chairs were produced by Zenith Plastics and came in a limited palate of five colors including this parchment version. The early Zenith shells are distinctive for their high fiber content and larger, more substantial rubber shock mounts, a translucent quality and an embedded rope at the edge of the fiberglass seat. The rocking bases were discontinued by Herman Miller in 1968.

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Materials: Beautiful made with a fibreglass base, zinc coated steel frame

Fibre Glass: Excellent vintage condition

Steel Finish: Original zinc coated steel legs in excellent original condition

Runners: Original birch runners in very good condition

Makers Label: Herman Miller / Zenith Plastics label can be found on the underside of the chair

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