Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
Herman Miller introduced the Eames Aluminum Group in 1958 as Charles and Ray Eames' response to the need for high-quality indoor-outdoor furniture. It soon moved inside exclusively. Herman Miller celebrates the chair that came in from the cold. Available in management, executive and side chair models, this design remains a classic of style and comfort.
This graceful, yet industrial side chair utilizes a lightweight aluminum frame with suspended upholstery, 4-star base with glides and a swivel mechanism. Or, choose a fixed base. The leather options provide luxuriously comfortable seating.
This is the kind of chair that belongs across the desk from the boss, or in a conference room where some serious work gets done. Of course, this is also a flexible chair, and it doesn't have to be used in the workplace. It's also right at home in your living room or home office, and will end up being the favorite seating destination of many of your guests.
See the entire Eames Aluminum Chair Group.
What's To Like:
This is perhaps the most balanced, most tastefully designed of all the Eames Aluminum Group chairs. The side chair has the same curve in its back as the rest of them, but with the arms stripped off has a poise and grace inherently present. This is a comfortable, stylish chair.
What's Not to Like:
You'll get swivel, but you won't get casters. You'll get beautiful style and a huge selection of leather options, but you won't get a tilting seat. By retro, we mean retro; when style was evolving and technology hadn't quite caught up yet, the Eames Aluminum Side Chair was king. So really, it's all about the trade-offs. If you're looking for style, this is your cup of tea.
The Bottom Line:
This chair is an example of perfect design. When Charles and Ray Eames made a piece of furniture, they were often trying to make something multipurpose like the LCW or the molded plastic chairs, or else something "perfect" for a certain task, like the Eames Lounge Chair and the Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair. These were chairs that used innovative techniques and materials to create something perfectly tailored to a need. This is a chair that works equally well in the office and at home. With both substance and style, the Aluminum Armless Side Chair is a classic design from Charles and Ray Eames.
- Overall Dimensions: 34" h x 23" w x 18" d
- Seat height: 18.5"
- Seat width: 20.5"
- 1/2" glides for easy transport around hard woods or carpet
- Choose either fixed or swivel base
- Also available with arms
- Also available in fabric
- Stock Leather
Chromium free and from Austria this stock Herman Miller leather is a winner for most. With a matte, soft feel this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items.
- Open Line Leather
Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.
- Dream Cow Leather
With a gentle calfskin grain (it's not calfskin though, its European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. This is a leather of great versatility, perfect when Royal Hide is out of budget, but where the look is wanted.
- Metallic Dream Cow Leather
A gentle calfskin grain (again, not calfskin but European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Updated, offbeat, moody colors.
- All Grain Leather
Not too big - not too small - just "All Grain". Color and quality together wedding grain and color, always with a feeling of luxury. European full grain aniline dyed cowhide powered by Crypton, "All Grain" becomes an easy choice for high traffic areas and commercial offices.
- Royal Hide Leather
This versatile leather is the most beautiful of its kind. The color range is huge, reflecting its broad applicability. It will develop a rich patina over time, making it a great heirloom, eliminating the need for reupholstery. A European full grain aniline dyed cowhide leather with no limits - sky, earth, sea.
The Herman Miller Aluminum Side Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA306, EA330, EA331.
Materials & Measurements
Lightweight aluminum frame with suspended upholstery.
Overall: 34" h x 23" w x 18" d
Seat height: 18.5"
Seat width: 20.5"
Chromium free and in stock at Herman Miller, standard leather is a winner for most. Direct from Austria with a matte, soft feel, this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items. It has a faint embossed grain pattern and little shine.
Open Line Leather
This Austrian leather is essentially the same as the standard leather, but is available in a wider array of colors. It also has a light embossed grain and is matte in finish.
Dream Cow Leather
A gentle European full grain aniline-dyed cowhide with a calfskin feel, this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. Dream cow is very popular, it has a natural grain and medium shine and is similar to Royal Hide without the price.
Metallic Dream Cow Leather
Metallic is right. This leather is infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Features offbeat, moody colors with a shimmer to them.
All Grain Leather
European full grain aniline-dyed cowhide, All Grain is the easy choice for high-traffic areas with its thicker, more durable finish. It has a high shine with a very thick, grainy feel.
Royal Hide Leather
This versatile leather is the most beautiful of its kind. Offers a huge color range. It will develop a rich patina over time, making it a great heirloom and eliminating the need for reupholstery. Medium grain and medium shine.
Herman Miller's Design Protocol
Herman Miller's commitment to corporate sustainability naturally includes minimizing the environmental impact of each of our products. Herman Miller's Design for the Environment team (DfE) applies environmentally sensitive design standards to both new and existing Herman Miller products, utilizing the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol.
Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol goes beyond regulatory compliance to thoroughly evaluate new product designs in three key areas:
- Material Chemistry and Safety of Inputs: What chemicals are in the materials we specify, and are they the safest available?
- Disassembly: Can we take products apart at the end of their useful life, to recycle their materials?
- Recyclability: Do the materials contain recycled content, and more importantly, can the materials be recycled at the end of the product's useful life?
About The Manufacturer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the wire chair and the aluminum chair group. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.
Shipping & Delivery
Standard Curbside: $0.00
With curbside service, your items will be left at the curb, just inside your driveway or placed next to your front door. When your order arrives to the station in your home town, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery day and time. An appointment will be made prior to delivery and a signature will be required. Please note that this service does not include delivery inside your home or office, so be prepared. If you want to save a little money on shipping and have friends to help you move and unpack, this is your best option.
Inside Delivery: $49.00
Inside delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window).
Premium Inside Delivery (White Glove Delivery ): $79.00
Premium inside delivery is our deluxe delivery option. This service includes a delivery appointment, placement inside your room of choice (two flights or 20 stairs max), unpacking, set up (up to 30 minutes without tools) and debris removal. If you truly want a no hassle delivery experience, this is your best option.
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The Eames Aluminum Side Chair comes with a 12-year manufacturer's warranty.
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