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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 (1907–78) studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser, 1912–88) 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 (the legendary institution 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.

The collection of original Eames furniture on 1stDibs includes chairs, tables, case pieces and other items.

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Creator: Charles and Ray Eames
Herman Miller Eames Ultramarine Fiberglass Rar Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Rare Eames Zenith Rocking Chair for Herman Miller, USA 1950
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A very rare rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames, manufactured by Zenith / Herman Miller in the United States of America around 1950. The first fiberglass Eames chairs we...
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1950s American Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome 1950s Herman Miller Eames fiberglass shell on later rocker base. Salmon colored fiberglass with spectacular fiber contrast. Chrome plated steel rod frame with maple runners....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Herman Miller Charles Ray Eames Authentic RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Baltimore, MD
Authentic rare Mid-Century Modern early RAR rocking chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This gorgeous mid-century rocking chair was produced between 1956 -1959...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocking Chair Model RAR
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Fiberglass

Early RKR Rocking Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
The iconic rocker or RKR by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This example is being sold in original found condition with all its flaws and charactered patina. A wonderful add...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Wire

Early 1st Production Rope Edge Herman Miller Eames RAR Fiberglass Rocker
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Boise, ID
Great vintage condition No cracks no chips.   
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1950s Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Vintage Eames Wire Rocking Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rare satin black metal wire Eames rocking chair with birch wood runners and dark charcoal Naugahyde upholstered seat cover. The chair retains the fabric tag to the cover made by th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Wire

Eames Butterscotch Vinyl on White Base RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Charles and Ray Eames designed RAR rocking chair. Somewhat scarce or rarely seen coated white base. Fiberglass shell upholstered in butterscotch vinyl. Upholstery is puckering and pu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles & Ray Eames Lemon Yellow RAR Rocking Armchair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic RAR rocking armchair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller / Zenith Plastics. Molded fiberglass shell in the colour Lemon Yellow with rope edge. Assembled on ori...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Set of Eames Plastic Rocking Armchairs for Vitra
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cape Town, WC
The series of plastic chairs created by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra are amongst the most recognised American furniture designs. A standout from this large family of chairs is the...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Transitional Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Charles and Ray Eames design for Herman Miller. RAR ( Rocking Arm steel Rod ) chair. Transitional chair having large biscuit shock mounts but after rope edge production. Most likely ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Millerr Midcentury Rocking Chair 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
American Mid-Century Modern design rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller with original fiberglass frame and fabric upholstered seat, refurbished...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Eames Rocking Chair for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller. Fiberglass shell with blue fabric upholstery and a black metal and wooden base. 1970s -...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Authentic RAR Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Authentic and rare RAR Rocking chair designed by Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller. This rocking chair was manufactured in the 1960s. The rocking chair is in original vintage con...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Eames Rocking Chair for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller. Fiberglass shell with red fabric upholstery and a black metal and wooden base. 1970s - ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Vintage Eames Rocking Chair for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller. Fiberglass shell with blue fabric upholstery and a black metal and wooden base. 1970s -...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Fiberglass

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

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair in Seal Brown
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Eames rocker, model RAR, by Herman Miller. Original vintage shell produced by Summit Plastics in rare color Seal Brown. Even color with no cracks or holes. Signed and guarant...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass, Wood

Charles and Ray Eames Designed 1st Generation RKR Rocker for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Charles and Ray Eames designed 1st Generation RKR Rocker for Herman Miller Two Birch wooden rockers, steel rod base and main body of the chair, then a burnt orange...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles and Ray Eames RAR
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early Lemon yellow rocker with its original base. Manufacturer's Label and Date Stamp.
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1950s North American Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

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

Ray and Charles Eames Rope Edge Zenith Armchair Rocker Purchased in 1951
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ray and Charles Eames Rope Edge Zenith Armchair with an early Herman Miller Label. Iconic Classic in great shape! The shell looks amazing, showing a nice amount of fiber. Maple Runne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

Fiberglass

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

Materials

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

Materials

Steel

Black Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

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

Materials

Steel

Eames Lemon Yellow Zenith Rope-Edge, RAR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

Steel

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair in Seafoam Green
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Fiberglass

1st Generation Eames RKR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Steel

Perfect Herman Miller Eames Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Steel

Vintage Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller RAR Rocking Chair Restored in Go
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Sheepskin, Fiberglass, Birch

Best Eames RAR Herman Miller Zenith Rope Edge Rocking Chair
By Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Materials

Steel

Early Eames for Herman Miller Rocker
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Stockton, NJ
Early Eames for Herman Miller rocker with a rare coral colored fiberglass seat. Excellent vintage condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames rocking chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Ray Eames and Charles Eames rocking chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Charles and Ray Eames collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 30 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original rocking chairs by Charles and Ray Eames were created in North America during the mid-20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider rocking chairs by Adrian Pearsall, Charles Eames and Herman Miller. Prices for Charles and Ray Eames rocking chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $750 and tops out at $4,800, while pieces like these can sell for $2,466 on average..

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Questions About Charles and Ray Eames Rocking Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    In Vitra's collection of home furnishings, RAR means the rocking armchair rod base. It refers to wooden rocker arms with angled metal rod legs. Vitra adds them to a number of plastic chairs originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames to create rocking chairs. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Eames furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To know if your vintage Eames chair is real, check for a reclining mechanism. On original chairs, the back had a permanent reclined position, so no mechanism is necessary. Also, a vintage piece is around 32 inches high, while later reproductions are normally bigger. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of expertly vetted Eames chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames are famous for their chair designs. The couple released their first iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman in 1956 and went on to create more chairs that changed the idea of comfortable seating. In addition to being great furniture designers, Ray and Charles were also graphic and textile designers, architects and film-makers. Shop a collection of Eames chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames have been recognized as the 20th century’s most influential designers and are best known for their highly recognizable chairs. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are an iconic duo in modern-styled furniture, and s​ome 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. Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rosewood was the favorite wood of famed American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Rosewood made its way into some of the duo’s most celebrated designs, including the iconic Eames lounge chair. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of genuine Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    For Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs designed for Herman Miller, molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and cast aluminum were used in production. You can shop a collection of Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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