Charles Eames’ RAR Rocking Chair
Originally designed in 1950 and re-launched in 2004 in a new version made from polypropylene, the Eames’ RAR rocking chair (Rocking Armchair Rod Base) is a rocking version of the popular DAR armchair. Charles Eames’ design used the same shell, but this time on a rocker base. The comfortable plastic seat adjusts just enough to the body to provide comfort and necessary support, thus retaining functionality as its main characteristic, besides the stylish organic shape. As one of the most well-known designs by Charles and Ray Eames, the RAR rocking chair combines contemporary approach to chair design by relying on plastic and distinct modern shape of the shell, with the traditional elements of a rocking chair, made of wood. This contrast is one of the most striking features of this Eames’ iconic design.
- An innovative design and unique style
- Multiple colour choices for any décor style
- Made of eco-friendly material polypropylene
The Eames’ RAR chair directly originates from the earlier DAR model that was originally made of fiberglass. However, as this is not a recyclable material, the increased focus on sustainability of the manufacturer Vitra led to the temporary stopping of the production of the chair. The new and current model of the chair features the shell made of environment-friendly plastic material polypropylene.
This material is not only eco-friendly but also provides greater comfort, since it’s slightly softer than fiberglass, following the shape of the body more pleasantly. Thus, the new approach to the production of the Eames’ RAR and DAW certainly is a ‘win-win’ situation.
The Eames' Rocking Chair Different Colours
For a more discreet look, you can always choose black or white. These are the most popular colours because they fit into every room and match all colours.
However, if you would rather have a chair that stands out in your home and brings liveliness to the room, you can choose some of the more vibrant and vivid colour variations from our offer:
- Dark green
- Light blue
In addition, you can also choose a light grate or off-white if you want a minor variation on the classic. The colour range is extended every time a new edition is launched. The polypropylene is coloured through, so it’s not just a surface staining.
Rocking Chair for the Family Home
A rocking chair is a classic piece of furniture that has found its way into family homes for hundreds of years and has been a beloved chair for all the generations in the family. It can be especially popular with new mothers who wish to lull their baby to sleep, perhaps while nursing. This is one of the ideas behind the design of the RAR chair when it was first designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
As the story goes, one of the employees at the Vitra factory was pregnant when the chair was designed and this fact inspired the Eames couple to pay special attention to the comfort of the chair so it can be used by the new mothers. However, the chair is much too popular to be categorized only as a nursing chair, since it can be enjoyed by anyone.
The RAR Chair Dimensions and Materials
|Seat height||40 cm|
The shell is made of eco-friendly plastic material polypropylene, while the rockers are made of oak and set on a wire frame whose design is inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
The Eames' RAR Chair Second-Hand
If you want to purchase this timeless classic, but can’t fit the cost of the original in your budget, you might consider buying a second-hand model instead. There are many sites that sell second-hand furniture and you may get lucky enough to find the rocking chair or the Eames’ Lounge Chair at an affordable price. However, be sure to carefully inspect the surface of the shell and check if the rocking function works flawlessly.