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Eames Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker Base - OLD

Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
A classic piece of mid-century furniture. The first mass-produced plastic chair. And as stylish today as it was when it was designed in 1948. A multitude of color choices can be combined with a base in chrome or black and rockers in maple or walnut.

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    Eames Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker Base

    A Better Plastic

    Charles and Ray Eames realized their first successful, single-shell form in 1950 with the Molded Fiberglass Chairs. However, when the environmental risks associated with fiberglass production became more widely understood, the decision was made to switch to a safer plastic. In 2004, Herman Miller reintroduced the Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker Base in polypropylene.

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    Fulfilling the goals of every modern designer.

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    • Color Matters

      Color Matters

      The Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker Base is available in five colors and a variety of Hopsack upholstery options straight from the Alexander Girard archive.

    • Tailoring Your Options

      Tailoring Your Options

      An array of trim, finely tailored Hopsak fabrics designed by Alexander Girard, Herman Miller's Textile Director from 1952 to 1973, round out the collection of shell customization options, fully restoring the integrity of the original 1953 shell chair offerings. Reproduced as faithfully as possible to Girard's original specifications, the textile boasts one enhancement: it now uses more sustainable constructions and materials such as antimony-free polyester.

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    I was wondering if you sold the rocker chair base as a separate piece. The chrome one.
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    For any replacement parts, please contact the Herman Miller authorized retailer where you purchased your Eames Molded Plastic Armchair. Otherwise, please feel free to contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
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    its hard to tell in photos, what exactly is the difference in these two colors? Is wafer more off-white? or is it silver-ish? Are there any photos of the two side by side? hard to tell based on renderings...
     
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    You're right...it is hard to tell in the photos the difference between "wafer" and "white" and we are in the process of updating our imagery to better reflect the colors. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    "Wafer" can be described as a light tan. This finish is a matte finish.

    Here are the finish samples side by side to provide a visual comparison. Give us a call at 888.798.0202 or send us an email at HMstore@HermanMiller.com with your information and we would be happy to send you physical samples of the colors you are interested in.
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    Visually striking and very flexible to use Comfort is relative and to accurately assess the comfort of this chair you have to take into account the fact that it's made of plastic. I'm a smaller male; 5' 9" about 135 lbs and I am able to comfortable sit in the RAR for at least a couple hours. The back and arm rests as well as the waterfall seat front all work together to make it relatively comfortable. After a while though, the hind-end does start to become a bit numb. The quality is very solid. The chair itself is very light and it's impressive how stable it is. I find that it's both bold but not over-bearing and compliments all of our other furniture. We can use it both in our formal living room and our bedroom. My wife (also quite small; 5' 1" 100 lbs) finds it comfortable enough to rock our baby to sleep. It's always been one of my favorite designs so I'm elated it's also so easy to live with. August 27, 2012
    We wanted to love this! We wanted to love this chai! The overall look & craftsmanship are EXCELLENT.... No qualms there! The seat sits incredibly low ( to the ground) ... Doesn't seem to have good rocking momentum .... Which could have been resolved in the design phase. Also the plastic that the bucket is made of is extremely hard ... Which makes sitting for more than 5 minutes kind of awkward & painful. Weird shape, we never could get comfortable in it ... Even with back pillows & seat cushions. This was supposed to be an "ergonomic" chair ( I think)??? We ordered this online ... Then waited nearly two months to receive. I was sad to return this item ... Since we really wanted to love it! Fantastic color selections April 13, 2012
    Don't like the plastic molded detail on seat Truly love the design of the rocker, but wish Herman Miller stay true to the original materials... Really like the fiberglass look more than the plastic molded look. The plastic mold makes the chair look cheap and more toy like. I'm still a fan of Herman Miller classic chairs. I just want to give some constructive criticism Thank you April 13, 2012