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.
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