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Vitra Eames Fiberglass Armchair RAR

£1,075.00 £913.75

Select Seat Shell Colour
Vitra | Eames Fiberglass Armchair
  • Vitra Eames Fiberglass 01 Parchment
  • Vitra Eames Fiberglass 04 Elephant Hide Grey
  • Vitra Eames Fiberglass 05 Sea Foam Green
  • Vitra Eames Fiberglass 06 Raw Umber
Select Wire Base Finish
Vitra | Eames RAR | Wire Base
  • Eames RAR Wire Base 01 Chrome
  • Eames RAR Wire Base 04 White Powder Coated Smooth
  • Eames RAR Wire Base 30 Basic Dark Powder Coated Smooth
Select Rocking Skid Finish
Vitra | Eames RAR | Rocking Skids
  • Eames RAR Rocking Skids 02 Golden Maple
  • Eames RAR Rocking Skids 95 Dark Maple

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Manufacturer: Vitra

Designer: Charles & Ray Eames 1950

This is an original genuine Vitra piece.

In 1948, Charles and Ray Eames participated in the 'International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design', organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art, entering a chair with a seat shell moulded to fit the contours of the human body along with a concept for a variety of bases. Their design won second prize. However, the metal seat shell proved too complex and expensive to achieve successful mass production.

The couple's search for alternative materials eventually led them to glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin, which until then had been primarily restricted to military applications such as aircraft radomes and cockpit covers. The Eameses recognised and fully exploited the advantages of fibreglass: mouldability, rigidity and suitability for industrial manufacturing methods. With this material, which was previously unknown in the furniture industry, they successfully developed the moulded seat shells for mass production: the Fiberglass Chair was born. Its organically shaped, one-piece shell proved to be a much-admired innovation at a time when chairs typically consisted of a seat and backrest. Fibreglass offered the added advantage of pleasant tactile qualities and a perfectly moulded form for optimal comfort.

Materials: dyed-through, glass-fibre reinforced polyester (fibreglass).

Just like the earliest models, today‘s fibreglass shells are also slightly transparent in some colours.

Dimensions: Width 63cm x Depth 81cm x Height 76cm (Seat Height: 37cm)