rocking chair (1948)
The Eames Plastic Armchair RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod Base) is part of a group of chairs and armchairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948, born from the collaboration with Zenith Plastics with which the two designers take part in the international competition "Low cost Furniture Design "organized by the MoMA in New York.
RAR, is the first plastic chair produced in series.
The characteristic organic-shaped seat, first in plastic reinforced with glass fiber and then in polypropylene, has been over time combined with different types of different bases, just like the RAR rocker. A rocking chair made up of four chromed steel legs resting on two painted wooden rockers with an unmistakable design. The shell, in polypropylene, with an organic shape, allows a high level of comfort.
The Rocking Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames is an icon of modern design and furnishing.
RAR is part of a series of seats originally designed to be made of pressed aluminum or steel. For this purpose Charles Eames devotes many efforts and repeated tests with the technicians of the University of California in Los Angeles.
The preliminary press shapes used to shape the sessions are too fragile to achieve the purpose.
Later, some of the Zenith Plastic managers present their fiberglass processing system at Eames.
Using this technology, the first series of two thousand shells is produced in collaboration with the Herman Miller Furniture Company.
The bodies produced in this way are then mounted on the base structures with a hard rubber joint using a patent developed by Chrysler.
This system of assembly of the parts, in addition to the economy has the advantage of allowing a great variability of solutions.
The version with four legs is called DAX is an evolution of the original "Organic chair" seat design made by Eames with Eero Saarinen in 1940.
This is the first chair made in large series by Herman Miller first and later by Vitra.
Measurements: L 62.5 cm x W 69 cm x H 67 cm - Seat height 33 cm