25% OFF Rare Upholstered Eames Arm Chair by Herman Miller
Date: possibly 1st generation or 4th generation, likely 1948
Designer: Charles Eames
Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Materials: fiberglass, metal, fabric
Own a piece of MCM history...this is an extremely rare find and thus a great piece for serious Eames collectors.
This comfortable vintage Eames fibreglass low armchair lounger has a cream color (perhaps Parchment) molded fiberglass body with plenty of visible fibers, red original jute and cotton Alexander Girard fabric upholstery to the inside, and black Naugahyde edge piping. The plastic shell is attached by rubber shock mounts (that give a slight flex) and stands on original bright plated rod legs off the H-base, splayed and ending on four fully intact original gliders. To the underside is the Herman Miller tags, stamp, and retailer's tags.
It carries the iconic Herman Miller stamp right on the fiberglass and is numbered which verifies its authenticity. It stands on the desirable metal H base and is very stable and sturdy.
The shells were made for Herman Miller by Summit Plastics in the mid 1960s. They have the Herman Miller logo and the round "S" Summit mark, dating the chairs to the mid 1960's.
It is considered to be low back LAX height with an H-base which sits slightly lower and more reclined than the standard height chairs.
The Eames plastic chair was made for a competition... and it didn't even win. The competition was the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, held in 1948, which would culminate in an exhibition at the MoMA. The prize pool was $50,000, and the winner? Don Knorr's Side Chair.
From the Eames Chairs of Zenalory 1951 order form: These chairs showed as being designed by Charles Eames and were made of Zenaloy, (which is polyester reinforced with fiberglass and first developed by the US Army during World War II). The Zenaloy is listed as a plastic of exceptional durability, essentially identical with the material used in crash helmets and radar housing. It is pleasant to the touch and extremely light.
Good vintage condition. Minimal wear given age. Some staining to fabric. The chair is in very good original condition with only slight traces of use. There are scratches underneath one side of the armrest along the black edging (perhaps someone tried to remove it) but it is minimal and not seen when upright.
LAX Style height: 25" W x 28" H x 28" D, Seat height 16"