The Eames RKR Rocking Chair, part of the wire mesh chair series, is the abbreviation of model Rocking (R), K-Wire (K), on Rod (R) Base chair. The chair was released at the first generation of the wire mesh series and manufactured by Banner Metals of Compton for Herman Miller.
The rocking bases had already proven popular with the plastic series arm chairs developed and released a few years before though this was the first time a ‘side’ top had officially been used with the base. The contrast of wire top, upholstery cover and base were a creation of pure beauty and has become one of the most sought-after collectibles of the original wire mesh designs. The wire chairs were available in other bases originally used on the plastic series including the Eiffel DKR, Dowel DKW, Cat’s Cradle LKR and X-base DKX.
The wire chairs, including the Eames RKR Chair, were all released with full upholstery, designed by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller. The upholstery covers were designed to be removable and came in two styles, a full front fitting cover and a two-piece buttoned in the center, affectionately known as the ‘bikini’ cover.
It may be considered a design classic today, but sadly the rocker base was discontinued in 1968 as sale demands for it lowered. The wire series itself had already been discontinued the year before after 15 years on the market. The re-issue of wire chairs in recent years was sadly without a rocking option although it is possible to customize it this way and was also made available without a cover.
|Seat Height||17.25”||43.82 cm|
|Top||Molded and Resistance Welded Steel wire – Black, later Zinc and White|
|Base||Welded Steel Tubing Frame, Black then later Zinc and White|
|Feet||Rocking Runners In Birch or Walnut|