DesignHerman 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.
Lightweight aluminum frame with suspended upholstery. 5-star base with tilt-swivel mechanism and standard manual seat height adjustment or optional pneumatic seat height adjustment with tilt lock.
The Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair is the shortest of the Aluminum Collection, with the back of the chair being shorter than the seat. This does three things for the chair. One, it makes it more stylish, more modern, and bit cooler in that retro sense discussed earlier. Two, it makes the chair less imposing, and therefore open to more activities than simply work and leisure. This is a side chair with wheels and taste, a chair that can fit any room and any purpose without seeming ostentatious. Three, it acts as a kind of Eames signature; this same kind of big seat little seat back ratio is seen in the LCW, the "design of the century," and Charles and Ray loved to be inventive and playful with their designs. Inverting the proportions of the traditional fine furniture chair certainly fits into that category.
Another thing that separates the chair from the other two, the main and most obvious thing, is that it's not designed for a specific task. The title of the chair refers less to office life and more to the management of all facets. If you need a desk chair for your home or work office, this chair will look great, be comfortable, and serve that purpose well. If you need chairs for your kitchen or dining room that fit a modern or retro design scheme, then these are the chairs for you. If you need simple side chairs, chair to go in boardrooms and conference rooms, this is the right choice. If you want a chair that can easily ferry between covered patios and screened in porches, and from thence to indoor localities, then look no further. This is the most basic chair in the Eames Aluminum Group Chair collection, and it's that way for a reason. Charles and Ray believed in a kind of design democracy, where fine furnishings could be made and sold cheaply (or more cheaply than they had been in the past) and were style, grace and beauty could make their way into the average American home. Making products that could wear a lot of hats is a natural fit for this kind of philosophy.
The Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair is a flexible, attractive, classic home and office solution that looks and feels great. You won't find so fine a chair anywhere with such a pedigree, such a flexible nature, and such a uniquely cool look.