Rock-a-bye baby…

Eames rockersI’ve known about this chair, the Eames RAR, since LONG before I even considered children. In fact, when my boyfriend and I bought this chair in NY, we weren’t even married yet!

Charles and Ray Eames (1907-1978 and 1912-1988) were married when they designed the ‘mix and match’ chairs for furniture manufacturer Henry Miller in 1948.
The famous designer/architect/filmmaker couple adapted moulding techniques, which were invented during the 2nd World War, to create seat shells from fiberglass that were mass producible (and thus affordable). Chrysler (the car maker) developed a system to attach the fiberglass shell to different bases, including Eiffel Tower-shaped legs and rockers. These rocking chairs (‘RAR’ chairs) were given to all Herman Miller employees when they had children, because – here it comes – they proved to be absolutely fantastic for (breast)feeding babies!

Now, I’ve always been a big fan of the designs of Mr. and Mrs. Eames (so much so that when we visited LA. I was dragging my husband along to visit the Eames house instead of Rodeo Drive!) – but since having babies, admiration turned into RESPECT.

Like with all of the Eames chairs, on first sight the RAR looks sort of uncomfortable. Hard. Plastic. But (like with all Eames chairs), the moment you sit down in them, you’re convinced: the chair fits around you like a glove! Really – I’m talking chair ergonomics at its best! (I’m an architect, after all).

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent in that wonderful chair, breastfeeding my babies, or just rocking them when they had a tummy ache. My 1-year-old boy still loves getting his before-bed-bottle of milk in this chair…

Thinking about it – the Eames rocker is probably my favourite piece of furniture in the house!

xxx Esther

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1. Courtney | March 19, 2008 | Reply

We have always been a huge fan of the Eames chairs. Our dining table chairs are original Eames chairs.
I always loved the look of the rocker, but was never sure how comfortable it would be. After sitting in Esther’s chair, I decided we needed one too! And we LOVE it!

2. Emilie | March 19, 2008 | Reply

I got one as a Christmas present and am really looking forward to sitting in it at 3 am, hopefully rocking a little baby back to sleep!

3. jen | March 19, 2008 | Reply

I love everything Eames too…I just bought the rocker {and two wire base tables to go with it!} and we love it – Its comfortable and my little Tatumn loves putting her toys in it and taking them for a ride…My son has an Eames table for his desk and my kitchen chairs are Eames as well. http://www.highbrowfurniture.com – they carry a huge selection and ship very quickly..{and free}.

4. Molly | March 19, 2008 | Reply

Simply wonderful. I would never have thought that chair would have been comfortable. I will have to keep that in mind when we are planning baby number three.

5. Lindsay | March 19, 2008 | Reply

We have one of these in our nursery and we love it too. Goodness knows how many hours we have spent breastfeeding and rocking to sleep! Now she is old enough to climb on herself she lines up her toys, jumps on and reads them a story. I love that it’s use is growing as she does and imagine it travelling around with her, having pride of place in her first home of her own and maybe one day she’ll rock her children to sleep in it too.

6. Forexman | June 7, 2008 | Reply

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Best regards

7. Joe | August 11, 2008 | Reply

I just bought a rocker too. Quick question though, mine makes a lot of noise when I sit in it and rock (Sort of like a creak from the metal and/or plastic) Is yours pretty quiet? Otherwise, I love the look!

8. Esther | August 11, 2008 | Reply

Hi Joe! No, mine doesn’t squeek at all! I would go back to the shop – this is certainly not normal!

9. Sophie | July 16, 2010 | Reply

Love it too – didn’t know about the breast feeding story…Do you know where they sell them in Amsterdam by any chance? Frozen fountain maybe? Thanks!

10. Esther in Amsterdam | July 16, 2010 | Reply

Pretty sure you can get them through Co van der Horst in Amstelveen!

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