Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman

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Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman
designed by Charles and Ray Eames

At A Glance:
Sharing the same graceful lines of the original Aluminum Group, the Eames Aluminum Ottoman is now suitable for outdoor use! The strong, lightweight aluminum frame keeps things in check while still making it easy to move around, and the durable weave fabric is up to the task of standing up to the elements. A lounge chair is lovely, but a lounge chair with an ottoman more or less defines the pinnacle of seating comfort.

Coordinate the Ottoman and the Eames Aluminum Outdoor Lounge Chair for a perfect match.

See the entire Herman Miller outdoor collection.

What's To Like:
When people talk about "lounging around," they're talking about the kind of lounging where you've got your feet up and a cool drink in your hand. Maybe with a good book, or a game on the radio, and a nice breeze fanning your hair. And you can't do that without an ottoman! The Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman not only looks good - it'll also be outside for you where you need it.

What's Not to Like:
The material isn't as refined as leather - you'll never find an outdoor ottoman with leather, so that may not be a drawback for you.

The Bottom Line:
The Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman is well balanced, richly appointed, and an icon of the mid-century modern era. It's immediately recognizable for the enduring quality of its design, and will be an heirloom-quality feature anywhere you put it - on the patio, or indoors.


  • Overall: 18.75" h x 21.5" w x 21" d
  • Lightweight, outdoor-ready aluminum frame
  • Footrest surface is made from quick-drying polypropylene/copolyester
  • Made from 64 percent recycled materials, and is itself 95 percent recyclable

The Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: EA523

Design Story

In 1953, industrialist J. Irwin Miller commissioned a remarkable triumvirate to create a new house for him and his wife in his home town of Columbus, Indiana: Eero Saarinen designed the building, Alexander Girard masterminded the interiors, and Dan Kiley handled the landscape architecture. Noting a lack of outdoor furniture that had the desired look, Girard turned to his friends Charles and Ray Eames.

The Eameses chose aluminum for their chairs. It made Charles slightly nervous: "When you've committed yourself to casting, you've committed yourself to the kind of freedom that can really give you the willies," he told the magazine Interiors in 1958. "At that moment you find yourself face to face with sculpture, and it can scare the pants off you."

Scared or not, the Eameses arrived at a design that included a fabric seat slung between two aluminum Ls held in tension by cross-braces, which the designers called "antlers." The first chairs used polyester—also new at the time—developed with the textiles division at Herman Miller. But the new material didn’t stand up well to either heavy weather or heavy use, and the Aluminum Group was redesigned for the indoor use that made it famous. The new outdoor line thus brings this popular furniture group full circle.

About the Designer

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames
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 molded plywood 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.

Herman Miller and Charles and Ray Eames had a lasting collaboration that resulted in some of the great furniture of the modern American scene. From the Eames Lounge Chair to the Hang-It-All, their contributions to design have been unique and uniquely stellar. But it all started with the clever, deceptively simple, beautiful and challenging Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair. Smart Furniture is very proud to now have a role to play in this legendary partnership, and be able to sell this chair to our customers with the approval of Herman Miller and the Eames family. Get your Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, whether it be a dining room version or a version with metal legs, today.

About the Manufacturer

Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

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.

Materials & Measurements

Lightweight aluminum frame, polypropylene/copolyester weave seat material

Overall: 18.75" h x 21.5" w x 21" d
Package Dimensions: 18" x 22" x 21"
Package Weight: 20 lbs.

Care & Maintenance:
The materials of the Herman Miller outdoor furniture are built for strength and durability. The construction results in long-lasting and easy–to-clean products.Please note that suntan lotions and sprays, as well as insect repellants, may discolor the chair material. Acid-based liquids, such as coffee, wine, and fruit juice, need to be wiped up immediately using a clean, soft cloth. The longer a spill remains, the more difficult it will be to remove and may stain.

For normal cleaning, use a solution of 1 tablespoon of Tide detergent powder (unscented) that has been diluted in 1 cup of warm water. Dip a clean, dry cloth into the solution, and wipe the Outdoor Weave mesh material. After cleaning, rinse the mesh material and the entire chair with clean, warm water, and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol-based, or solvent-based cleaners; they could damage the mesh material. Do not use a power washer to clean Aluminum Group Outdoor chairs; it could damage the mesh material.

Note: do not leave your Aluminum Group Outdoor chair standing in water.

Ultraviolet (UV) and Fading
When you’re not using your Aluminum Group chair, we recommend covering it to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

We recommend you bring your Aluminum Group chair indoors for storage if the temperature stays below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period.

Environmental Information

The Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman is made of 64-percent recycled materials and are 95-percent recyclable at the end of their useful life. The chair contains no harmful PVC.


Shipping & Delivery

Standard Shipping: Free

With Standard Ground Shipping, shipments are typically completed with UPS or FedEx to your front door or main lobby. Once shipped, items generally arrive within 2-5 business days. Simple, fast and easy service. Tracking will be emailed to you upon order shipment.

*If additional tracking info/scheduling is needed, both UPS and FedEx have sign-up services on their website which allow for more detailed tracking/options. Shipment signature may be required, or signing the delivery note authorizing the shipper to leave the next day.

*Some larger products or multiple quantities may ship with a freight carrier (not UPS/Fedex), which will call you for a delivery appointment if delivering to a residence (or business hours for commercial address). We'll send you an email with the shipper/tracking info as soon as your order ships either way.

Questions & Answers


Under normal use, the Eames Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman is warranted for a period of 3 years.

Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away

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