For those of you who voted for Oscar in Modernica's "Pets on Furniture Photo Contest" a few months ago (thank you!) - the product of his big win (he trounced the competition by some 100 votes) has arrived, and we finally had a chance this weekend to photograph the beast with his brand spanking new Case Study rocking armchair: TA-DA! I was skeptical about how comfortable this item would be, as the similarly constructed Eames side chairs we already own are rather annoying to sit on, but the rocking chair pleasantly surprised me, in fact, I love it. The textural fiberglass shell is also quite beautiful, and slightly translucent in the right light (molded solid plastic reproductions of the same design lack these qualities).
Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 50s, the fiberglass shell chairs (side chair, armchair, static, and rocking versions) were the first plastic (fiberglass reinforced polyester) chairs to be industrially manufactured, and they became a landmark in 20th century furniture design for their ergonomic shape, modular construction, and innovative material and production technology. Today, Modernica produces their fiberglass shell chairs with much of the original machinery and molds used to make the first shell chairs so many decades ago... Huge thanks again to everyone who voted for Oscar dog, and to the folks at Modernica, who posted a great blog follow-up to Oscar's win here.