When Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair (1958), they created a revolution in seating that has lost none of its edge. These chairs were originally developed as a special project for Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard, who were designing the private residence of Columbus, Indiana-based industrialist J. Irwin Miller. Saarinen wanted high-quality seating for outdoor use and asked Charles and Ray Eames to develop it. Moving away from the Eameses' shell forms of the 1940s, the designers combined a newly affordable aluminum frame with a sling seat that subtly conforms to the body's shape. It was initially promoted as the "leisure group" or "indoor-outdoor group", but the collection of iconic seating moved inside exclusively. In early 2012, Herman Miller returned the Aluminum Group to its original outdoor intent, with new materials suitable for outdoor use. This original is an authentic product by Herman Miller®, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
The corrosion-resistant, die-cast aluminum frame will last for years of use.
Wide seat for leisurely, ergonomic sitting.
Set on a four-star base, the seat swivels for easy entry and exit.
Four-star polished aluminum base and frame with tubular steel column; mesh fabric.
Design is for living. That maxim shaped a widespread shift in design during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a revolution of form, an exciting visual language that signaled a new age and a fresh start and two of its prime movers were Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were a husband and wife team whose unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Sleek, sophisticated and simple. Beautifully functional.
Yet Charles and Ray Eames created more than a "look" with their bent plywood chairs or molded fiberglass seating. They had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to fulfill the practical needs of ordinary people and bring greater simplicity and pleasure to our lives. Read more >