Thursday, 26 April 2012

Picture the scene ..... we're over on that well-known auction website doing a spot of window shopping as it were, and lo and behold we spot a purple flying Eames. Yes, that's right. Worth a look we thought. OK, so it turns out it's not a flying Eames, but the fact it's purple makes it a noteworthy specimen. According to the spiel, this colour = super rare. So, here's the deal (their words, not ours) - the colour was not a listed, mass produced colour at any point in Herman Miller's history and as such it's more than likely a prototype test colour or sample ..... making it possibly 'the rarest color ever'. How (potentially) exciting! Could this be true? Anyone know?

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  1. hi, in my experience its not a rare colour as a side shell but harder to source as an armchair with a clear fiber-fleck, certainly not a test/prototype chair. the seller did a good sales job to bump the price up. note that the colour looks better on the unused/unfaded under side as seen in most of the photos but the winning bidder might be upset that the top is worn and appears to have yellowed from dirt/direct sun.

    1. You raise an interesting point with regard to the fading/discolouration of the seat proper, especially as this shell was allegedly stored away for a number of years - perhaps the damage had already been done by the time the seller sniffed out this 'prototype'.



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