Today's #shellspotting story comes from Tim Smith (@thsnyc), who submitted a photo of his impeccably preserved, vintage #Eames LAR, accompanied by the remarkable story of its provenance. As he tells us: "This chair belonged to my grandparents, Charlotte and Ray O’Tool of Bay City, MI. My grandmother was a very stylish woman, always on top of every design trend. This chair in their home is one of my earliest memories of visits to grandma and grandpa. Perhaps, because it had a childlike scale, but also because it was unlike anything I was accustomed to. I believe it is the first design object that I ever coveted, and I let it be known to my grandmother whenever we visited. She always said that my name was on it for when she died and, needless to say, I inherited it from her (my name in masking tape on the bottom of it when they settled her affairs). This chair was the spark to a long passion for collecting (especially 20th-century modern design objects) that continues to this day. The designs of Eames, Nelson, Knoll were the everyday objects of my youth; we grew up together." #Eames #WHYHM
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  • hermanmillerToday's #shellspotting story comes from Tim Smith (@thsnyc), who submitted a photo of his impeccably preserved, vintage #Eames LAR, accompanied by the remarkable story of its provenance. As he tells us: "This chair belonged to my grandparents, Charlotte and Ray O’Tool of Bay City, MI. My grandmother was a very stylish woman, always on top of every design trend. This chair in their home is one of my earliest memories of visits to grandma and grandpa. Perhaps, because it had a childlike scale, but also because it was unlike anything I was accustomed to. I believe it is the first design object that I ever coveted, and I let it be known to my grandmother whenever we visited. She always said that my name was on it for when she died and, needless to say, I inherited it from her (my name in masking tape on the bottom of it when they settled her affairs). This chair was the spark to a long passion for collecting (especially 20th-century modern design objects) that continues to this day. The designs of Eames, Nelson, Knoll were the everyday objects of my youth; we grew up together." #Eames #WHYHM

  • conwayelectricWhat a great story. Only design can emotionally affect people this way. We hope our products have this impact one day. Thanks for sharing @thsnyc
  • 1.800.ben.pratt🙌
  • antiquari_ukWow, it also looks in pristine condition!
  • marascotiaNice use of the word "provenance!!!"
  • bravabravoHa! Thanks, @marascotia 😉📖
  • huqphamNow I have to get one
  • kevinmuIncredible story!
  • smileagaincharlie@instahsux
  • mahmudxd*_*
  • instahsux@smileagaincharlie never seen this one. I've seen clones.
  • alexjnatale@davidedch eames !
  • thsnycThis model (LAR / lounge armchair rod) is in the lounge height with wire cage (cat’s cradle) base. The shell color is parchment and the base is black
  • je_m_apelle_I want that base!
  • schmeverett😍 @thsnyc 😍
  • themanlikemac#ADesignForLiving
  • craigh419@nee_colee I love this
  • sh_eng_and_mfgI have a question: why are these chairs do expensive? Doesn't this defeat the purpose of their invention. "Create the best, for the most, for the least." Once, young families bought these products. Today, we can manufacture them much easier than then. Is it just about the designer name and the high demand? What happened to high supply? Email me at aaron@shengmfg.com. Kind regards,
  • hermanmiller@sh_eng_and_mfg Thanks for your note, Aaron. In the coming weeks & months we have a bunch of content planned to celebrate the Shell Chairs and help explain why it's worthwhile to invest in authentic design, starting with an essay on Charles Eames by Ralph Caplan on #WHYHM next week (follow profile link above). We hope you'll enjoy it, and that it helps shed some light on what it means to Herman Miller to be a steward of "good goods."
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