Vitra RAR Eames fiberglass armchair
The Shell Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designs in the history of furniture. Following their initial presentation at the 'Low Cost Furniture Design' competition organised by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948, the chairs were launched on the market in 1950 in an armchair version (A-shell) and as a simpler side chair (S-shell) – making them the first ever mass-produced chairs made of plastic. With the debut of this revolutionary design, Charles and Ray Eames introduced a new furniture typology that has since spread around the globe: the multifunctional chair whose shell can be joined with a variety of different bases. One model has always stood out in this large family of chairs: the Rocking Armchair Rod Base (RAR). Despite its compact dimensions, this rocking chair offers pleasant comfort even for taller users. The fibreglass version of the organically shaped RAR shell features the lively texture that is a hallmark of this material. The fascination of fibreglass lies in its irregular surface, whose clearly visible fibres make it appear almost like a natural material. In order to show off these unique characteristics to maximum effect, the Fiberglass Chair RAR is not offered with upholstery. The Fiberglass Chair RAR is a fully fledged, compact armchair, which adds a striking accent to any living space with its iconic shape and steel wire base on wooden runners. It is also available as the Plastic Chair RAR with a polypropylene shell, which can be fitted with an attached seat cushion or fully upholstered. Available from March 2020.
Designed by Charles & Ray Eames 1950