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RAR Rocking Chair, ca. 1948–50

This is a Rocking chair. It was designed by Ray Kaiser Eames and Charles Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company. It is dated ca. 1948–50 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded fiberglass-reinforced polyester, bent metal rods, wood, rubber. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Because the use of fiberglass for furnishings was so novel, the Eames’s Rocking Arm Chair was originally released only in three colors—gray, parchment, and “greige” (gray-beige)—designed to coordinate with many interiors. But the chair was eventually available to consumers in a much larger palette of colors.

This object was donated by Patricia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 69.5 x 62 x 66 cm (27 3/8 x 24 7/16 x 26 in.)

Cite this object as

RAR Rocking Chair, ca. 1948–50; Designed by Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames; USA; molded fiberglass-reinforced polyester, bent metal rods, wood, rubber; H x W x D: 69.5 x 62 x 66 cm (27 3/8 x 24 7/16 x 26 in.); Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor; 1986-99-46

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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