lar = low/lounge height armchair rod steel base = cat’s cradle.
The Low/Lounge Height Armchair Rod Steel Base is one of the original 5 bases that first launched with the fiberglass chairs in 1950.
It wasn’t long before the base got its nickname „cat’s cradle“. It refers to the old children’s game involving two hands and string being wound to create gridiron patterns. It is fair to say there is a resemblance in the LAR base to the pattern of the game.
The Eames Cats Cradle Chair wasn’t as succesful as the other variants but did last until Herman Miller discontinued its production in the mid-1960’s. Perhaps it was because a side chair version using the „cats cradle’ base was never actually produced or advertised for re-sale, even though it could theoretically be put together by customization.
For a few years now, Cat’s Cradle bases have been reissued. However, the early versions – like this one – remain coveted collector’s items.
Our latest addition in our 1st-generation collection is a LAR with a translucent rope edge armshell in parchment, with original half board label by herman miller.