Zenith Plastics

Orange 1950s Zenith Plastics Eames RAR Rocking Arm

Very good condition


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Product Description

A rare example of a used, original salmon orange second generation Zenith by Eames fibreglass arm shell chair, completed with a used light ash RAR rocking base. This faded orange shell is highly desirable, and every collector will know that this gen shell is a must-have piece. 

The Eames shell series chairs really do not need any introduction. With early prototypes beginning in the late 1940's, production began on the Eames' dream of 'chairs for the masses' in 1950 with the arm and then the sides later in 1952/53. The original and vintage fiberglass chairs were so versatile and so modern that they only increase in popularity as the years go by. 

Fiberglass originals always have a base colour and gorgeous 'visible' fibers in the shell itself. Upholstered version were introduced by Herman Miller a little later on using fabrics and textiles designed by the esteemed designer Alexander Girard.

Individual Characteristics

As this is a vintage shell, the faded orange arm shell does have visible signs of marks on the edges- although this should be expected with its age, the overall condition is good.

The rocking base is also in good used condition. It appears to be an aged Modern Conscience base who are an authorised dealer of parts for Herman Miller pieces. Further pictures are available upon request. 

Second Gen arm shells were manufactured between 1954-1955.

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