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Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair Rocker Base

Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair Rocker Base

Charles and Ray Eames, 1950

This product is represented in MoMA's Design collection.

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27.5"H X 25"W X 24"D

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Item #108656
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Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair Rocker Base

In 1948, as New York struggled to accommodate a rapidly swelling population amid a post-war housing shortage, The Museum of Modern Art anticipated the need for low-priced, high-quality furniture, and created the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design to "commission and challenge the best design brains in the world to satisfy this long-felt need."

One of the competition’s winners, Charles Eames, wowed the esteemed jury twice. First, by developing an extraordinarily graceful form in stamped metal that took second place when the jury announced its decision in January 1949. However, by the time the jury re-assembled for the opening in June 1950, Charles, along with his wife and longtime collaborator Ray, had left stamped metal behind, along with its costs and cold feeling to the skin, and presented a fiberglass chair that succeeded in accomplishing their goal of making "the best for the most for the least." Indeed, the Eames had already launched the chair at the Good Design Show, which MoMA co-sponsored and was held in Chicago in January 1950.

With its graceful curves, extraordinary luster and softness, and its elegant and unconventional use of fiberglass, the chair was lauded by the panel who said of it, "chairs with complicated molded curves like this have always presented a special problem in the attachment of legs, but this time the problem has been solved with unusual directness and neatness."

The Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be throughout their careers, first with single-form plywood and stamped metal, and later with fiberglass and plastics.

When it was discovered that fiberglass production could be harmful to the environment, Herman Miller halted production, and, in the Eames’ spirit, began to explore experimental processes and evolving materials that could be produced en masse without ecological repercussions.

Thanks to a new monomer-free, "dry bind" process of producing fiberglass, Herman Miller is once again able to produce the Eames’ icon faithfully and safely. The new fiberglass finish has the same subtle variegation that collectors have coveted for decades. With a deep bucket seat and smooth, "waterfall" edges, the chair’s ergonomic contours hug the body for maximum comfort.

The chair model names reference their core attributes in the form of playful acronyms: DFSR stands for "dining-height fiberglass side chair with rod" base, and DFSW stands for "dining-height fiberglass side chair with wood" base." Choose between a sleek wooden base and a lightweight, sculptural wire base that exhibits the Eames’ classic design. Available in eight semi-gloss shades that were taken from the Eames’ original palette. Made in the USA. 31.8h x 18.5w x 21"d Seat: 17"h

The Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair in Lemon yellow and Parchment have been placed on product hold. Herman Miller is currently working to resolve as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This applies only to Armchairs with all base types. In addition, the Ultramarine Blue side chair is also on product hold until a sustainable solution is found.

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About the Designers

Charles Eames & Ray Eames

Husband-and-wife design team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames were among the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Their landmark contributions include furniture, architecture, film, and graphics. They were pioneers in the molding of plywood, which was developed from their experiments and projects for the U.S. Navy. Their association with the Museum goes back to 1940, with a joint entry with Eero Saarinen in the MoMA competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings." Since then nearly 100 examples of their work have entered the Museum's design collection.

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History

Mid-Century Design

Following World War II, a number of factors combined to foster a new direction in home products and furniture. New materials, such as molded plywood and plastic, and advances in mass production techniques opened a world of design options. Through the efforts of companies like Herman Miller, their longtime design director George Nelson, and the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames, these new designs could be produced for a broad market. A new vocabulary of ergonomic form, versatile function, and synthetic material emerged—and some of the most beloved furniture of the century was created.

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Type Seating
Made In the USA
Size 27.5"H X 25"W X 24"D
Materials Fiberglass, Wood
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Designer Charles and Ray Eames
Date 1950
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