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Eames PAC Yellow Padded Swivel Armchair w/Gray Fiberglass Shell & Aluminum Base

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Iconic vintage Eames PAC, pivoting armchair on cast aluminum base, with yellow Naugahyde padded swivel seat on gray fiberglass shell. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The cast aluminum four prong base is finely polished and the yellow Naugahyde is great apart from three small flaws that have been repaired, circa 1965-1978. Please see photos. Looking for a bright, bold, and beautiful iconic accent chair? You have found it. This arm shell chair is one of the most sought-after designs by Charles and Ray Eames. Developed in 1952 and released to the market in 1953, the Eames PAC, which stands for Pivoting Armchair on Cast Base, chair along with the PACC chair were a first attempt using the fiberglass plastic series at an office and desk chair. This example has the molded into the fiberglass Herman Miller trademark along with the C and star marking denoting it was produced in the Cincinnati Milacron factory from 1965 to 1978. It is comprised of a gray fiberglass armed shell which is padded with a bright yellow Naugahyde and is supported by a black pedestal and polished cast aluminum four prong star base. You can’t go wrong with this fabulous chair no matter your style or its placement. Charles Eames was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907. Ray Kaiser Eames was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. They met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and were married in 1941. They moved together to California and continued their design work they began together at Cranbrook. A commission, which they acquired from the government during WWII to produce molded plywood splints and stretchers, launched a career producing iconic mid-century modern furnishings which are still fresh and sought after today. The Eames and their association with Herman Miller were the partnership of the century. Herman Miller started life as Star furniture Co. in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905 a producer of high-quality furniture. Becoming Michigan Star Furniture Co in 1919, and then in 1923, when long time employee Dirk Jan De Pree and his father-in-law purchased 51% of the company stock, it was renamed Herman Miller Furniture Company. And remained so until the 1960s when it became Herman Miller, Inc. Until the 1930s they produced only traditional wood furniture, but the Great Depression caused a need for change and they hired modernist Gilbert Rohde who took the company in a new successful direction. Upon Rohde’s death in 1944 he was replaced by none other than the renowned George Nelson. Working with the likes of not only Charles and Ray Eames but Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, and Robert Propst, to name just a few, Nelson lead Herman Miller to became one of the finest names in furniture and design. Do not hesitate. Make this icon of design yours. Chair size: Height – 31.75 inches Width – 25 inches Depth – 22.5 inches Seat height – 17.5 inches Arm height – 25.75 inches Inside seat width – 18 inches Inside seat depth – 18 inches Inside back height – 17 inches Weight – 18.1 pounds Boxed size: Height – 36 inches Width – 29 inches Depth – 27 inches Weight – 30 pounds.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.75 in. (80.65 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Depth: 22.5 in. (57.15 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965-1978
  • Condition
    It is in wonderful vintage condition. The cast aluminum four prong base is finely polished and the yellow Naugahyde is great apart from three small flaws that have been repaired. Please see photos.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-SEA-2281stDibs: LU1873316032772

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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

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 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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