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1948 Parchment Color Fiberglass Shell RAR Rocking Chair by Charles & Ray Eames

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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 beautiful parchment color fiberglass shell that goes into delicate beige. The original metal base with birch runners are in excellent condition. Manufactured by Zenith/Herman Miller. Charles Eames studies architecture at the Washington University in St. Louis and in 1930 opens his own architecture office. Together with his wife Ray Eames (1912–1988) he significantly contributes to the development of the US post-war design and still inspires designers with his functional furniture design. In 1938 he gets a scholarship at the Cranbrook Acedemy. A year later Charles Eames teaches design there – and also his close friendship with Eero Saarinen develops. In 1940 together they win the MoMA 'Organic Design in Home Furnishings' competition. In the same year he gets appointed head of the Department of Industrial Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Charles und Ray Eames' most important designs: Plywood Group, Plastic Chairs, Aluminium Group, Lounge Chair, Hang it all, LTR Occasional Table, La Chaise, ESU Bookcase, House of cards.

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About the Designer

Charles and Ray Eames

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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