Chair of the Week: The Aluminum Group by Charles and Ray Eames

The ‘Aluminum Group‘ was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1958. The series of chairs were commissioned by J. Irwin Miller for his Eero Saarinen-designed, mid-century masterpiece ‘Miller House.’ A little known fact: The Aluminum Group was originally an outdoor collection, with an all-weather mesh suspended between it’s polished cast aluminum frame. The mesh quickly gave way to leather however, and the Herman Miller produced chairs ultimately rose to stardom as an indoor icon.

The Aluminum Group is now available in an multitude of indoor fabrics, with rolling or fixed bases, and in several different seating styles — from task chair to lounge chair to a fully padded executive model. This versatility is no doubt part of the chairs’ success in both the office and home markets — a crossover that doesn’t seem to happen very often in the industry. Herman Miller is now trying to further extend this versatility and honor the Eames‘ by re-releasing the original outdoor Aluminum Group collection. The outdoor chairs, which are hitting the market just now, are available in several mesh colors with the options of white, black or clear powder-coating for the frame. As per usual, while utilizing modern production techniques and materials to carry on their commitment to the environmentHerman Miller is doing everything they can to ensure the design remains a genuine extension of the original.


images c/o Herman Miller


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