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A rather exciting combination, this original Eames Herman Miller arm shell is finished in red vinyl and red hopsack fabric and sports a newer, used ash RAR base. This interesting finish was designed by Alexander Girard and was an alternative to the all vinyl or all fabric finish offered in a wide variety of colours.
The upholstery options made available for the Eames arm and side shells vastly increased the range and allowed for them to really maintain that strong versatility they had become known for. The range did not just stop at ‘flat’ colours either, there were also a myriad of patterned finishes made available too and you could even provide your own if you wanted to make the chairs truly personal!
As a vintage shell it is in good condition for its age. There are some natural signs of use and its age but the colour is still exceptional and there are no cracks or dents.
The fabric is in a good aged condition, the vinyl is still rather good for its age with no cuts or tears but the fabric does show a little more of its age and may have some slight – albeit small – areas of lifting.
The ‘S’ inside the circle on the underside of the shell indicates it was made at Herman Miller’s Summit Plastics factory.