Eames Aluminum Group

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1958 – Present

The lithe chairs of the Eames Aluminum Group have been a popular design since their introduction in 1958.  And no wonder—their graceful silhouettes work well in a variety of home and workplace interiors.

Given that these chairs are so popular in interiors, it is interesting that the inspiration for them developed because of the need for high-quality outdoor seating. Eero Saarinen asked Charles and Ray to produce the Eames Aluminum Group Collection as a special project for his and Alexander Girard’s Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana.

While working on the chairs, the husband-and-wife team often referred to them as the “leisure group” or the “indoor-outdoor group.” The latter is revealing of the Eameses’ design philosophy. They strived to make their products perform well in addressing as many needs as possible. That a chair would work outdoors and indoors was part of their original concept.

Charles and Ray had used aluminum in earlier chair and table bases and had also experimented with stamping chair shells out of aluminum sheets for the Low-Cost Furniture Design competition; however, the Eames Aluminum Group marked their first use of the material for structural side members and represented a major departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

Herman Miller began manufacturing the Eames line of aluminum furniture in 1958, and, now along with Vitra, they continue to sell the chairs and the matching ottoman today.

Current Production Models

  • Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Side Chair, no Arms

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Management Chair

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Management Chair, Height Adjustable

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Executive Chair

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Lounge Chair & Ottoman

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Side Chair Outdoor

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Side Chair Outdoor, no Arms

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Lounge Chair Outdoor

    Herman Miller
  • Aluminum Group Lounge Chair Outdoor & Ottoman

    Herman Miller
  • EA 101

    Vitra
  • EA 103 - 104

    Vitra
  • EA 105

    Vitra
  • EA 107 - 108

    Vitra
  • EA 115 - 116

    Vitra
  • EA 117

    Vitra
  • EA 119

    Vitra
  • EA 124

    Vitra
  • EA 125

    Vitra

Historic Examples Photos Courtesy of J.F. Chen Copyright Eames Office, LLC.

  • Herman Miller Model 680

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 680

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 680

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 680

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 682

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 682

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 682

    1958
  • Saran Upholstery Detail

    1958
  • Herman Miller Model 684

    1959
  • Herman Miller Model 684

    1959
  • Herman Miller Model 684

    1959
  • Herman Miller Model 684

    1959