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Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their Wire chair group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful La Chaise. In 1956 the Eames lounge chair and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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1st Generation Eames RKR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Highland, IN
Charles and Ray Eames designed their fiberglass and wire chairs to be fitted with a wide variety of bases to offer a range of heights, uses, and aesthetics. One of the most desirable...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair in Navy Blue
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Washington, DC
Original vintage rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Base is original and not a replica. Shock mounts are in good shape. The chair was acquired from Herman Miller...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Zinc

Best Eames RAR Herman Miller Zenith Rope Edge Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
The best I have ever owned Charles and Ray Eames rope edge rocker. Excellent Eames Herman Miller Zenith Plastics label. Correct hardware no shock mount blemishes.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

RAR Second Edition Rocking Armchair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Hudson, NY
Original fiberglass armed shell on black wire base with birch rocker struts and large rubber mounts. Marked on bottom, Herman Miller. The chair was on carpet most of its life.
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1950s American Organic Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Charles and Ray Eames Original RAR Rocking Chair 1961
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charles and Ray Eames Original RAR rocking chair, dated 1961. Bought from the Original Detroit Family, bought when their first daughter was born! In very nice shape, with black paint...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Herman Miller Eames Aquamarine Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Herman Miller Eames fiberglass rocker, modern RAR. Vintage shell circa 1970s on newer rocker base. Bright and vibrant aquamarine blue shell with even color. New shock mounts ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocker in Brilliant Yellow
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous edition of the design classics model RAR rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller. Rare color “Brilliant Yellow” with even hue and no cracks ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Herman Miller Eames fiberglass rocker. Model RAR. Vintage chair top on new rocker base. No cracks to the shell. New rubber shock mounts on the chair (these connect the base t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocker in Parchment
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous edition of the design classics model RAR rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller. Clean parchment shell with even color and no cracks or hol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocker in Red Orange
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous edition of the design classics model RAR rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller. Clean shell with gorgeous and vibrant red orange hue and n...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Extremely Rare Eames Zenith Rope Edge RAR Rocker in Seafoam Green
By Herman Miller, Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rope edge Eames RAR rocker in extremely rare seafoam green from the first or second year of production. In as found condition with no repairs. No cracks or fading to shell. Normal we...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Charles & Ray Eames RAR Rocking Chair “Zenith”
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
Known as the RAR rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames, this chair has Zenith checker label and is the first generation produced in Zenith Plastic Factory in Gardena, Califor...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Black Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames fiberglass rocking chair. Black Naugahyde upholstery on rare black fiberglass shell. No cracks or damage to shell.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair in Seafoam Green
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare original Herman Miller Eames RAR rocking chair in seafoam green. Structurally sound and fit for normal use. No damage or cracks. Normal wear. Gorgeous fibre detail. Signed on bo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames Model RAR Rocker in Ultramarine Blue
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous bright standout example of the classic Eames rocker. The shell is signed and embossed Herman Miller and guaranteed authentic. Very rare color shell on new base with light wo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Perfect Herman Miller Eames Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Perfect Herman Miller Eames rocketing chair. Vintage parchment shell on new maple and steel base. Signed Herman Miller.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Eames Herman Miller Rocker in Raw Umber
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Eames Herman Miller shell on a new base in rare color raw umber. Excellent condition. Base available with chrome metal for no additional charge.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

1940s Parchment Color Fiberglass Shell Rar Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames, fiberglass shell and birch, USA, 1948 RAR rocking chair designed by famous couple Charles and Ray Eames. This is an early example with beauti...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller RAR Rocking Chairs, circa 1950
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This pair of RARs is in excellent condition. We paired them with two of our soft and cozy Brazilian sheepskins. Herman Miller USA, 1950 molded fiberglass with rope edge, walnut...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Terracotta Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous vintage Herman Miller Eames fiberglass armshell on new rocker base. Modern RAR. Featured in rare color terracotta. This shell has the most spectacular fibers of any Eames sh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Zenith Shell Rocking Chair RAR by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
The iconic rocker: Zenith Shell Rocking Chair RAR designed by Charles and Ray Eames featuring the iconic organically shaped fiberglass shell resting on cross-braced steel struts that...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocker in Parchment
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous edition of the design classics model RAR rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller. Clean parchment shell with even color and no cracks or hol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

1948 Parchment Color Fiberglass Shell RAR Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames, Fiberglass Shell and birch, USA, 1948 RAR rocking chair designed by famous couple Charles and Ray Eames. This is an early example with beautifu...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocking Chair Model RAR
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lovely vintage Herman Miller Eames rocking chair. Model RRAR, circa 1960s shell with newer rocker base. Signed with original Herman Miller tags. Beautiful vibrant color even throughout.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

1960s RAR Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early example of the iconic RAR rocker with a molded, rope-edged fiberglass seat with large shock mounts, made by Zenith Plastics for Herman Miller, set upon cross-braced steel st...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Eames Lemon Yellow Zenith Rope-Edge, RAR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Highland, IN
The first fiberglass Eames chairs were produced by Zenith Plastics. The early Zenith shells are distinctive for their high fiber content and larger, more substantial rubber shock mou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Vintage Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller RAR Rocking Chair Restored in Go
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
The classic Eames Rocker! A cult-favourite design gets an added oomph, restored in our cozy, soft, classicly-hued Gotland sheepskin. What a beautiful piece! Herman Miller USA, 19...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin, Fiberglass, Birch

Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames For Herman Miller, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Rocking armchair in orange fabric, fiberglass and wooden base. Measures: Seat height 46cm Wear due to time and the age of the chair.
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Eames RAR Rocking Chair with Bouclé Wool Upholstery by Herman Miller 'Zenith'
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful and iconic mid-1950s RAR rocking armchair in very good condition by Charles and Ray Eames. Newly upholstered in premium Dedar Bouclé white wool and with original base and r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Eames Zenith Rope-Edge RAR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Highland, IN
The first fiberglass Eames chairs were produced by Zenith Plastics and came in a limited palate of 5 colors including lemon yellow. The early Zenith shells are distinctive for their ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Eames 1954 Seafoam Rocker
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Antwerp, BE
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, seafoam rocker, RAR, 1954-1955 Fully original RAR rocker from the very first production The Eameses are best known for their groundbreakin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass, Wood

Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

The Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Charles and Ray Eames collection of rocking chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 28 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Charles and Ray Eames' original rocking chairs were created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the mid-20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Rocking Chairs by Adrian Pearsall, Charles Eames and Herman Miller. The prices for Charles and Ray Eames rocking chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $799 and tops out at $6,506, while pieces like these can sell for $2,499.
Questions About Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The best Eames lounge chair reproduction is really a matter of preference. Herman Miller and Vitra currently manufacture the Eames lounge chair and ottoman. On 1stDibs, find a variety of vintage Eames lounge chairs as well as a collection of other seating designed by Charles and Ray Eames.