Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair
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 high-back executive chair utilizes a lightweight aluminum frame with suspended upholstery, 5-star base with casters, tilt-swivel mechanism and seat-height adjustment. The polyester based fabric upholstery options provide durable, comfortable seating at a more affordable price than the more traditional leather options.
This is the kind of chair that belongs in the corner office or behind the biggest desk; the kind of chair that demands respect, while at the same time never being ostentatious or pretentious. It's simple, it's sleek and cool and retro, and it's designed to build a subtle picture of prestige. It also happens to be beautiful. Of course, this is also a flexible chair, and it doesn't have to be used behind a desk. While that is where it was designed to go, there are other places that will work, including lobbies and public spaces, and even homes. The high back of the chair makes it perfect for the desk, but that shouldn't be a limiting feature.
Also available in a leather version
See the entire Eames Aluminum Chair Group.
What's To Like:
The Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair is a true tall-backed chair. The elegant combination of upholstery and aluminum ribbing rises to the top of most sitters' backs. The effect is not imposing or intimidating, but it is certainly more prestigious. It retains the mystique of the old versions of executive chairs but replaces their pretentious exteriors with the simple, lovely creations of Charles and Ray Eames. And while this is a classic example of classic modern furniture, it's not dated. If anything, the cachet of the chair has only grown in the years between its debut and today, because the ultra-cool, retro look has come into style now even more than it was at that time.
Another feature of the chair is the more sculpted back. That's just one more reason this is a great chair for the office. It will keep your back comfortable and give you a little more support. That's going to really come in handy for long days at the office, when you need to do sustained work at your desk for hours and hours at a time. When you don't have to get up all the time because you're uncomfortable, that's a ton of productivity you're not losing because of your chair. With the Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair, you don't run that risk. This is a comfortable, stylish chair.
What's Not to Like:
You'll get tilt, swivel, and rolling casters, but you won't get adjustable or padded arms. You'll get beautiful style and a large variety of color options, but you won't get adjustable lumbar support. By retro, we mean retro; when style was evolving and technology hadn't quite caught up yet, the Eames Aluminum Executive Chair was king. So really, it's all about the trade-offs - if you're looking for style, this is your cup of tea. Fully adjustable comfort? Try the Embody Chair or the Aeron Chair.
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 Executive Chair. These were chairs that used innovative techniques and materials to create something perfectly tailored to a need. In the case of the Lounger that need was rest and relaxation, and in the case of the executive chair, the need is a fine, prestigious, and powerful looking office chair. This is a chair that looks the best in the office, but looks good in the home and in public areas as well. High style, aesthetic beauty, functionality; it's a classic design from Charles and Ray Eames.
- Slideshow: 56 recycled polyester, 44 polyester
- Moire: 100 recycled polyester
- Railroad: 100 recycled polyester
- Cygnus: 69 elastomeric, 31 polyester
- 2" single wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
- 2" chrome soft double wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
- 2" black painted hard double wheel casters, carpet
- 2" chrome hard double wheel casters, carpet
Seat Height Adjustment Options
- Manual seat height adjustment
- Pneumatic seat height adjustment with tilt lock
The Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Executive Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA337P, EA337.
Materials & MeasurementsMaterials:
Lightweight aluminum frame with suspended upholstery.
Overall: 42.5" height x 23" w x 17" d
Seat height: 17"-20"
Slideshow: 56 recycled polyester, 44 polyester
Moire: 100 recycled polyester
Railroad: 100 recycled polyester
Cygnus: 69 elastomeric, 31 polyester
Environmental InformationAluminum Group chairs are made of 67 percent recycled materials and are 90 percent recyclable at the end of their 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.
DesignerCharles 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 molded soft pad and 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.