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RAR with Upholstery

by Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 — from 620,00 €
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The compact rocking chair RAR with upholstery by Vitra is similar to the classic Eames RAR rocking chair, but comes either with seat upholstery or fully upholstered, and thus has minimally adapted dimensions, adapted dimensions necessitated by the statics of the iconic rocking chair. The Eames RAR chair, short for Rocking Armchair Rod Base, belongs to the legendary family of the original Eames Chairs by Vitra and achieves a new comfort thanks to its upholstery. The RAR by Charles & Ray Eames is a chair full of accents: an organic plastic seat shell meets pleasant fabric, while the metal base is contrasted with rockers in warm wood tones. And thus the RAR with seat upholstery is a rocking chair full of contrasts, yet contrasts which combine to make the design classic a harmonious, elegant piece of living room furniture. In close cooperation with the Eames Office, Vitra developed and launched a colour update in 2019, an adaptation which allows the the Eames Plastic Chairs to shine in a world of new shades and combinations.

Please note that in 2019 the dimensions of the RAR have been adjusted by Vitra. Models purchased at an earlier date or models from our remaining stock may therefore differ from the RAR rocking chairs now produced. In-stock versions can only be delivered in the new dimensions.


Product type Rocking chair

Dimensions in millimeter
Colours Seat shell
12 Deep black
56 Granite grey
48 Forest
42 Green
34 Mustard
26 Sunlight
43 Rusty orange
03 Red (poppy red)
41 Pale rose
11 Pebble
24 Light grey
23 Ice grey
04 White

Upholstery Hopsak
66 Nero
05 Dark grey
77 Nero / forest
73 Petrol / moor brown
22 Navy blue / dark grey
82 Ice blue / moor brown
23 Nero / ivory
80 Warmgrey / moor brown
88 Cognac / ivory
65 Coral / poppyred
19 Mustard / dark grey
18 Mustard / ivory
16 Yellow / ivory
87 Ivory / forest
86 Mint / forest
20 Green / ivory
81 Ice blue / ivory
79 Warmgrey / ivory

(Further Hopsak colours available on request)
Piped seam

Frame and rockers
Coated basic dark
Dark maple

Chrome plated
Yellow maple

Dark maple

Yellow maple

Please note that wood is a natural material. Every base is unique and due to the influence of UV-radiation the colour pigments in the wood change during use.
Material Seat shell: Dyed-through polypropylene
Upholstery: molded polyurethane foam, fabric Hopsak (100% polyamide)
Frame: Round steel, chrome plated or powder coated
Rockers: Maple, stained and varnished
Variants RAR without upholstery available separately
Care To clean the plastic surfaces a soft, damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent are recommended. Dust and dry dirt can be simply vacuumed. For the treatment of stains, please use a damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent. Professional cleaning should be done in the assembled state using upholstery foam or a mobile washer-extractor.
Awards & Museums Permanent collection, MoMA, New York
Sustainability The Vitra Eames RAR Plastic Rocking chair is:
100% recyclable
contains up to 14% recycled material

Vitra conform to:
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
Warranty 24 months

Register product and secure extended manufacturer's warranty of 10 years
Accessories Suitable Seat Pad for Eames Armchairs and Leather Seat Pad by Parkhaus Berlin or Seat Dots by Vitra
Product family Eames Plastic Chairs
Product datasheet Please click on the picture for detailed information (ca. 2,7 MB).

Popular versions


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How much weight can the RAR support?

The chairs are tested to 110 kg. If the user is heavier, the wear and tear on the components increases. However not only the user's weight plays an important role in the wear on the chair, also the sitting habits of the user are important. If, for example, you regularly drop heavily into the chair, or use the armrests to help you stand up, you experience high, if localised, stress which may be greater than the burden of a "static" very heavy user.

Welche Holzfarbe haben die Kufen?

The rockers are stained and varnished maple. It is possible that "Special Editions"offer alternative rockers. Should any be available these will be displayed in our shop.

How is the seat height measured?

The seat height is determined according to the European standard EN 1335-1. This states that the chair be clamped in a special tester and loaded with a weight. The dimensions are then determined in the loaded state. The seat height being measured at a position defined by the standard and when in the load bearing state. The stated seat height cannot be measured with a conventional measuring device, rather is a normalised comparison value so that different chairs (for example, with and without height adjustment, or with varying thickness of seat cushion, etc.) can be compared with one another.

How do I recognise an original Eames Plastic Chair?

On the underside of the seat shell, the material marking PP indicates the polypropylene used for the shell, a seal certifies the safety of the chair and a sticker indicates the place of manufacture and serial number. In addition, Vitra always supplies the original fully assembled.

Why a 2019 colour update?

The new colour palette allows for more possible combinations and offers a broader spectrum of different colour shades with the delineation into "Natural Tones", "Mid Tones" and "Bright Tones".

Please click on the picture for detailed information about the New Vitra update Colors 2019 (ca. 2,9 MB)

Design Story

The Eames RAR is always an eye-catcher with its discreet rockers

The Design

If one had to select the greatest furniture design classics of all time the Eames rocker and the other plastic chairs would have to be included. Designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the RAR and the other Eames chairs were the first collection of plastic chairs to be produced in series. The one-piece design with its anatomically formed seat shell builds the ideal bridge between exclusive aesthetics and homely charm: Design meets comfort. The Eames RAR rocking chair series features the different coloured Eames A-shells fastened to wire frame set on maple rockers. The Eames side chairs, armchairs and rocking chair RAR were created in 1948 in context of the "International Competition for Low Cost Furniture" from the MoMA New York. All the chairs in the collection are all-purpose chairs characterized by extremely high variability - they are, for example, available in a mix of bases, seat shells and colours - and are compatible for a wide range of situations ans uses, both domestic and commercial.


Thanks to their dogged and successful experiments with new materials Ray and Charles Eames created the first ever serially produced plastic chairs. Fibreglass reinforced polyester resin allowed completely new flexible forms, and in the specific case of the Eames RAR the so-called A-shell. In addition to its ease of use, the material has a pleasant feel and was also affordable for the masses. Originally all Eames Chairs were m