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Plastic Armchair (model RAR)

Plastic Armchair (model RAR)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames (in 1948-1950)

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In 1948 the Eames Office designed an innovative series of plastic chairs for the International Competition for Low-cost Furniture Design’ organised by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Eames Plastic Chair was derived from this series. This chair went into production in 1950 and was the first industrially-produced chair made of plastic. The use of fibreglass meant that the seat could be made from one section, so the chair was easy to reproduce and widely affordable.

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Title Plastic Armchair (model RAR)
Material and technique Glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP), steel wire, wood
Object type
Rocking chair > Chair > Furniture > Living > Utensil
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 68,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width 57 cm
Depth 69 cm
Artists Designer: Charles Eames
Designer: Ray Eames
Executor: Herman Miller Furniture Company
Accession number V 1017 (KN&V)
Credits Purchased with the support of Equipe, 1988
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 1988
Creation date in 1948-1950
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Charles Eames

Saint Louis 1907 - Los Angeles 1978

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Ray Eames

Sacramento 1912 - Los Angeles 1988

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