Greige Herman Miller Vintage Original Eames RAR Arm Shell Chair
You cannot get better than an excellent example of an original vintage Herman Miller Eames Arm shell chair in greige sitting on a used, walnut, RAR rocking base. A distinctive and yet unique colour, greige was one of the six standard colours made available by Zenith for sale and was their own blend of beige and grey.
When the shells were first introduced, the arm in 1950 and the side later in 1952/53, they were available in four colours: seafoam, elephant hide grey, parchment and greige. Their success helped build the shell chair popularity, which in turn allowed the introduction of the side shells too. The consistency of the colours helped see them last well into the long spell of production the shell chairs saw.
This shell is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks whilst the bold colour has not faded over time.
The ‘C’ with the 5-pointed star stamp on the underside of the shell indicates it originates from Herman Miller’s Cincinnati Milicron factory and dates the shell from 1965-1978.
The Eames’s work is highly coveted. From their artwork to their furniture, their work attracts interest from everywhere. The shells are great investment piece, especially vintage ones. Like many things, their age, factory of origin and even colour can affect the shells’ value. This gorgeous example is a fantastic version of the iconic arm shell in an untarnished greige colour. This chair should see great interest over time.