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4 Facts You Can Learn about the Eames Rocking Armchair

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Dec 7th 2018

4 Facts You Can Learn about the Eames Rocking Armchair

Enjoying your Manhattan Home Design’s Eames Rocking Chair is about more than just choosing your preferred model and putting it in your selected area.

You'll get better results and compliments when you share your historical knowledge about this timeless design piece. That's how you can prove that you’re truly a design connoisseur- or at least not another clueless regular customer.

Suggested Item: Eames Rocking Chair

But as anyone who's ever tried learning about the history behind a design piece can tell you, it isn't that easy.

Sometimes you need a little inside help from an expert to help you on your way.

So here are 4 intriguing facts about the Eames Rocking Chair that will turn you into a truly interior design expert.

1. The Armchair Rocking Chair RAR

Did you know the rocking armchair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 using material developed by the US army?

The Eames Rocking Armchair’s original name is Plastic Armchair with Rocking Base (RAR) and is perhaps the most exemplary Eames chair designed.

Suggested Item: Eames Rocking Armchair

The seat could be attached to a number of bases, including a wooden rocker, Hence, the Armchair with Rocking Base RAR, which stands for “rocking armchair rod”.

2. The Rocking Armchair was (temporarily) discontinued

The Eames Rocking Armchair was originally designed in 1948 for a furniture design competition in the context of the "International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture" for the New York Museum of Modern Art. Later on, the chairs entered in production at US firm Herman Miller until 1968 when it was discontinued.

It wasn’t until 1998 when the Eames Rocking Armchair was reintroduced in 1998. The original Eames Rocking Armchair is now produced by Herman Miller in the US and Vitra in Europe, but we dare you to find any difference from these originals to the reproductions handcrafted by Manhattan Home Design.

3. The first of many eco-friendly armchairs

Designed in 1950, the RAR Eames Rocking Armchair, as well as the other Eames chairs, were the first collection of plastic chairs to be produced in series.

Suggested Item: Eames Rocking Chair

A series of chairs with a shell seat of polyester reinforced with glass fiber— this material was developed by the US army in the second world war. with a recyclable and more environmentally friendly polypropylene seat.4. There’s an Eames RAR rocking armchair tattoo

They say good design is timeless but some people feel so passionate about this rocking armchair that they went ahead branded themselves with a nice ol' tat of this armchair. And no, we are most certainly not joking, look for yourself:

Without a doubt, the Eames RAR rocking armchair, as well as the other members of their plastic chair family Charles and Ray Eames designed, they all had a decisive influence on the development of modern design throughout the second half of the 20th century.

Is there another fact we didn't mention? Let us know and we'll update this article with the best facts about this timeless piece.

Now, what are you waiting to give your home the feel of mid-century design with this Eames-inspired Manhattan Home Design’s rocking chair?