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Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Chair with Rocker Base
designed by Charles and Ray Eames

At A Glance:
This is one of the most unique and interesting variations in the Eames Molded Plastic Chair "canon." It speaks the creative freedom that Charles and Ray Eames possessed. They weren't hemmed in by what they thought their chairs could be. They allowed themselves to dream of different purposes and looks, and they weren't bound by convention or rules. And that's how pieces as new, modern and vibrant as the molded plastic series got made into rocking chairs.

Rocking chairs are often thought of as the province of the nursery, the front porch, or the grandparent. But with this base of the chair, Charles and Ray Eames pushed the concept of the rocking chair into the office, the living room, the kitchen and desk area, and even the public space. By combining the vibrantly new with the familiar, Charles and Ray created an unusual but very comfortable and very fun new type of chair.

The base of the chair in this model is made of wood (the actual rockers are wooden) and wire. the wire criss-crosses, like the Eiffel base, but it's different and more simple than that. The wire serves mainly as a support between the legs of the chair, sunk into the wood of the rockers. The addition of the rockers makes a chair that was beautiful and innovative before almost a conversation piece; it's such a surprising and delightful combination. It's also handsome. The tone of the wood mixes well with the polished legs and wiring of the rest of the base, and the color of the plastic on top of the chair is of course up to the buyer to decide.

See the entire Shell Chair Collection.

Molded Plastic Rocker

What's To Like:
The Eames molded plastic chairs are as beloved today as when they were first introduced in 1948. Whether stacking or ganging in large spaces like auditoriums or cafeterias, or on their own in elegant homes, libraries, and conference rooms, these chairs unite enduring form and quality construction in a comfortable, durable seat. Charles and Ray Eames adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to mass produce this classic design. These molded plastic rocking chairs are true to the originals and are fully authentic, with updated materials to meet environmental requirements. Their enduring forms and quality construction make them comfortable, durable performers.

What's Not to Like:
If we're being picky, it is possible that those who are taller will find that the back of the chair doesn't provide enough support, and can end up being a bit uncomfortable. If you're not tall, this shouldn't be a concern.

The Bottom Line:
This is an unusual design for a chair, but it works beautifully. That's one of the hallmarks of a great Eames design. They are able to take something that shouldn't work, or that hasn't worked before (a modern rocker, bending plywood, etc.) and they make it so well, make it so beautifully, that you can't believe no one else thought of it before. They furniture they made has what they called "way-it-should-be-ness." The Eames Molded Plastic Rocker (model RAR) is absolutely chock full of way-it-should-be-ness.

Details:

  • 26.5" h x 25" w x 27.25" d
  • Seat height: 13"
  • Arm height: 22.75"
  • Recyclable polypropylene shell
  • For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts
  • The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use

The Herman Miller Molded Plastic Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: RARCH, RAR.

MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS


Materials:

Recyclable polypropylene shell.

Dimensions:
Overall: 26.5" h x 25" w x 27.25" d
Seat height: 13"
Arm height: 22.75"

See the Molded Plastic Chair Colors page for a better look at the color options.

Thoughtful Engineering
Friendly to the earth. Shells are recyclable polypropylene.

Integral color. The shell is dyed throughout so colors remain vibrant even after years of hard use.

Cushioned contact. For extended comfort, the shell is connected to the base by rubber shock mounts.

Glide options. The standard glide is also available with felt to protect hard-surface floors.

New materials, especially those that held promise for doing more with less, fascinated Charles and Ray Eames throughout their careers. Their fascination led to inventive modern furniture, such as the molded plastic chair. Designed in 1948, it was the first plastic chair to be mass produced.

The current models looks exactly the same as the originals. They remain unupholstered, in keeping with the Eameses requirement that materials be expressed honestly and unselfconsciously. In fact, these were the first one-piece plastic chairs to be left uncovered.

At the same time, the chairs are better than ever. For example, the shell is now manufactured using more environmentally friendly, high-impact plastic.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

The shells of the Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair are made of recyclable polypropylene. The chairs are now made in the United States, to reduce their manufacturing carbon footprint.

For more information, see the Molded Plastic Chairs' full environmental summary

ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER


Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

DESIGNER

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plywood chair, the aluminum chair group, and the Molded Plastic Chair. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.

Read the entire design story behind the Molded Plastic Chairs.

DESIGN

This is one of the most unique and interesting variations in the Eames Molded Plastic Chair "canon." It speaks to the creative freedom that Charles and Ray Eames possessed. They weren't hemmed in by what they thought their chairs could be. They allowed themselves to dream of different purposes and looks, and they weren't bound by convention or rules. And that's how pieces as new, modern and vibrant as the molded plastic series got made into rocking chairs.

Rocking chairs are often thought of as the province of the nursery, the front porch, or the grandparent. But with this base of the chair, Charles and Ray Eames pushed the concept of the rocking chair into the office, the living room, the kitchen and desk area, and even the public space. By combining the vibrantly new with the familiar, Charles and Ray created an unusual but very comfortable and very fun new type of chair.

The base of the chair in this model is made of wood (the actual rockers are wooden) and wire. the wire criss-crosses, like the Eiffel base, but it's different and more simple than that. They wire serves mainly as a support between the legs of the chair, sunk into the wood of the rockers. The addition of the rockers makes a chair that was beautiful and innovative before almost a conversation piece; it's such a surprising and delightful combination. It's also handsome. The tone of the wood mixes well with the polished legs and wiring of the rest of the base, and the color of the plastic on top of the chair is of course up to the buyer to decide.

This is an unusual design for a chair, but it works beautifully. That's one of the hallmarks of a great Eames design. They are able to take something that shouldn't work, or that hasn't worked before (a modern rocker, bending plywood, etc.) and they make it so well, make it so beautifully, that you can't believe no one else thought of it before. They furniture they made has what they called "way-it-should-be-ness." The Eames Molded Plastic Chair Rocker is absolutely chock full of way-it-should-be-ness.

Read more about the Plastic Chair Collection's Design.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Herman MillerEames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Informal (5)
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    5.0

    works anywhere chair

    By Mary Mac

    from Wellesley, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

    The delivery was great as the person I ordered from worked with me to have the chair delivered the day before my daughter's birthday and discussed how we could best assure its safe arrival . This was executed without a hitch and I placed the orders a week or so ahead of the asked for delivery.

    I sent this chair to my daughter. She has a blue one and now we got her the white. They are very comfortable chairs and very transportable when relocating either to a different apartment/room.

     
    5.0

    Timeless design and great service !!!

    By E.T.M Interior Design

    from Auburn , WA

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

    I have been dying to add this white Eames Molded Plastic Rocking chair into my modern design family room and had a great deal at Smart Furniture .
    This chair is a collectible item if you are crazy about mid century modern . It is such a versatile chair which can add a modern element in any room . I will be purchasing the same chair , but yellow color for my home office soon.

     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By Cpdr

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • May be small if you 6 ft

    Best Uses

    • Informal
    • Nursery

    Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

    I bought this for my sons nursery. It is wonderful. We have the Oeuf classic furniture and it complements very nicely. It is great for nursing with a small soft pillow in my back. My husband uses it for feeding daily, but it could be bigger for him. I am 5'4 & he is 6'2. All in all, I love it and would highly recommend.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Arrived in perfect condition and completely assembled with prompt delivery and a follow up e-mail. I will purchase from smart furniture again as a result.

     
    5.0

    Great mold, great classic piece!!

    By Claire

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Informal

      Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

      Very comfortable, will in any room and be a staple to your design for a lifetime.

      Service and delivery comments:

      No assembly required, great shipping and EXTREMELY professional customer service. I had an issue with my order not coming by Christmas and the customer service team responded within an hour on a sunday night. When they contacted herman miller, they were unable to get the chair shipped quicker but provided 3 additional options instead of just saying "sorry". One of the best customer service experiences I've ever had!

       
      5.0

      perfect

      By cpdr

      from kansas city, MO

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Size

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Informal

        Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

        Bought this for my son's nursery and just love it. It fits perfectly and with a little pilow behind my back, I can sit in it comfortably for quite some time. My husband is 6'2 and it is a little on the short side for him.

        Service and delivery comments:

        delivery was on time and the packaging protected the shipment perfectly, which did not require assembly.

         
        5.0

        Perfect chair [...]

        By In the Sands

        from San Diego

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Informal

          Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

          I'm 5'6" and I find this chair to be the perfect sized rocking chair. And of course it looks great too!

           
          4.0

          Super fun, modern design.

          By SN

          from Chelsea, MI

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Lightweight
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • child's room
            • Family room
            • Informal

            Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

            I love this mid-century modern aesthetic. This chair has completely updated our family room and changed our main design theme. We are so happy to have this (and one other) Eames chair. The kids love to drag it around, too. I find there's one spot on my spine that is sometimes uncomfortable, though, at the back of the chair. But it's so great in every other way!

             
            5.0

            THE PERFECT ROCKER FOR SMALL SPACES

            By FOXY LADY

            from SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • ARRIVED ASSEMBLED

            Best Uses

              Comments about Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair:

              PERFECT AROUND THE COCKTAIL TABLE OR ON MY DECK, OR ROCKINGGRANDBABIES.......IN ANY ROOM. I HAVE TWO AND USE THEM EVERYDAY!GUESTS ENJOY THEM. GREAT BABY GIFT ESPECIALLY IF SPACE IS AN ISSUE.MY STYLE IS CONTEMPORARY WITH AM ASIAN FLAIR AND THEY WORK![...]

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              SHIPPING & DELIVERY

              Shipping Options:

              Free Front Door Delivery:  Front door delivery service means that your item will ship as quickly and safely as possible from our warehouse to your garage or primary entrance. If you live in an apartment building, the item will be left in the lobby. Prior to delivery, our shipper will contact you using the number provided to us during checkout to schedule a delivery appointment. The driver will unload the item from the truck and place it at your door. Keep in mind that this service does not include product placement inside your home, debris removal or assembly, so if you need one of these options be sure to check out our shipping upgrades or contact us at 888-467-6278 for a custom quote.

              Packaging:
              Type: 1 box
              Box dimensions: 27" x 25" x 27"
              Packaged weight: 18 lbs
              Assembly required: None (hooray!)

              For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.

              WARRANTY

              The Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

              Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

              Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away

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