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RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod)
- Designer: Charles Eames (1907–1978, American) & Ray Eames (1912–1988, American)
- Material: fiberglass-reinforced polyester, wood & metal
- Manufacturer: Herman Miller Furniture Co. (1923–present), Zeeland, MI
The RAR was designed by Charles and Ray Eames to be manufactured of metal before being sprayed with neoprene (a synthetic rubber) to make it more comfortable. However, by the time the chair could be manufactured, Herman Miller had developed the technique to build the seat out of polyester bonded with fibreglass strands. The use of fibreglass for furniture was a unique and creative concept. Initially, it was only available in grey, parchment, or a grey-beige colour, but it was soon expanded to include a wide range of vivid colours. Purple is the rarest of the Eames rocking chair hues, according to some experts.
Rocking armchair by Charles and Ray Eames. Kirkland Museum. (2021, September 3). Retrieved November 22, 2021, from https://www.kirklandmuseum.org/collections/work/eames-rar/.
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Ray Eames (b. Bernice Alexandra Kaiser 1912-88) was an American designer. She was born in Sacramento, California. She was the wife of Charles Eames. In creative partnership with her spouse Charles Eames and the Eames Office, she was responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.
Charles Eames, a distinguished American designer, filmmaker and architect, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis in 1924. In the early 1930s, having worked in private practice, he received a fellowship in 1936 to study architecture and design at the Academy of Art in Cranbrook, which proved to be a valuable experience.