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Eames® Aluminum Group Side Chair

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5 - 8 weeks
Herman Miller

Originally developed as an outdoor chair for the Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard-designed home of industrialist J. Irwin Miller, the Eames Aluminum Group offers maximum comfort with a minimal profile. Newly updated versions of the lounge chair, side chair, and ottoman with a range of highly durable finish options including Outdoor Weave fabric, the Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, Side Chair, and Ottoman are once again ready to go back to their roots—outdoors.

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.

The Eameses designed not only each element of the chair, but the way in which it was crafted. Today, we craft these chair the same way that Charles and Ray did in 1958—because while we have improved the chair’s outdoor suitability with new fabrics and finishes, some things can’t be improved upon.

  • Side chair
    • Overall: 23"W x 18"D x 33"H
    • Seat Height (SH): 18.25"
    • Seat Width (SW): 20.5"
    • Seat Depth (SD): 18"



To ready the chairs and ottoman for outdoor use, a new fabric was develoded that would be durable enough to weather the elements and still feel good against the skin when you’re wearing a bathing suit. Outdoor Weave combines a sturdy monofilament polypropylene for strength and elasticity, with four multifilament polypropylene yarns to give it a great look and feel. It is available in satin powder-coated frames. 

A continuous piece of Outdoor Weave is fed between the aluminum ribs which are then turned inside out and attached to the cross members. Because of this process, the chair offers considerable comfort and support without any of the bulk or weight of a traditional upholstered chair. With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs and a die-cast aluminum base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move (thanks to the upper cross member that doubles as a handle).


All Aluminum Group chairs are made of 64% recycled materials and are 95% recyclable at the end of their useful life. Outdoor Weave is recyclable and contains no harmful PVC.


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A chair that looked like a potato chip. Another that resembled a "well-used first baseman's mitt." A folding screen that rippled . . .

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

That look and their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have "serious fun" doing it?

They loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. "The details are not details," said Charles. "They make the product."

A problem-solver who encouraged experimentation among his staff, Charles once said his dream was "to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts."

Their own concepts evolved over time, not overnight. As Charles noted about the development of the Molded Plywood Chairs, "Yes, it was a flash of inspiration," he said, "a kind of 30-year flash."

With these two, one thing always seemed to lead to another. Their revolutionary work in molded plywood led to their breakthrough work in molded fiberglass seating. A magazine contest led to their highly innovative "Case Study" house. Their love of photography led to film making, including a huge seven-screen presentation at the Moscow World's Fair in 1959, in a dome designed by their friend and colleague, Buckminster Fuller.

Graphic design led to showroom design, toy collecting to toy inventing. And a wooden plank contraption, rigged up by their friend, director Billy Wilder for taking naps, led to their acclaimed chaise design.

A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple "just wanted to make the world a better place." That they did. They also made it a lot more interesting.


Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

Chair Mesh

For normal cleaning, wipe the mesh with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of 1 tablespoon of Tide detergent powder (unscented) diluted in 1 cup of warm water. Rinse the entire chair with clean warm water, then wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth.

NOTE: Insect repellents and tanning lotions and sprays may discolor the mesh material.

Do not use power washers or abrasive, acid, alcohol-based, or solvent-based cleaners; any of these can damage the mesh or paint finish. Do not leave your Aluminum Group furniture standing in water.

Chair Arms, Frame, and Base

We recommend normal cleaning at least once a year: Wipe the mesh with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of 1 tablespoon of Tide detergent powder (unscented) diluted in 1 cup of warm water. Rinse with clean warm water, and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. For added protection, or to remove scuff marks, apply pre-softened paste wax, such as Meguiar’s Wax-Paste, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Take care not to get wax on the mesh material.

Do not use power washers or abrasive, acid, alcohol-based, or solvent-based cleaners; any of these can damage the mesh or paint finish. Do not leave your Aluminum Group furniture standing in water.


When you’re not using your Aluminum Group furniture, we recommend covering it to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. We also recommend bringing the furniture indoors for storage if the temperature stays below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) for an extended period.

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What's Covered

Herman Miller's warranty covers everything—including electrical components, casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts, and all moving mechanisms. It recognizes the changing nature of work and the need for products that can stand up to continuous use. This means that when warranty work is performed in the U.S. and Canada, Herman Miller foots the bill. They promise to stand behind their quality 100 percent. Designed to improve your environment whether it's an office, hospital, school, home, an entire building, or the world at large.

How to Schedule Service

If you need product service or repair, please contact the Herman Miller dealer or retailer. They will be able to make the final determination whether the issue is specifically covered under the warranty and eligible for replacement or repair.

Provisions that apply to all Herman Miller-branded products and services:

Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”), 855 East Main Avenue, PO Box 302, Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302, USA, warrants the products sold by it and its subsidiaries to be free from defects in material and workmanship, regardless of the number of shifts during which the products are used, for the warranty periods specified.This warranty covers the sale of Herman Miller product in all countries. During the applicable warranty period, Herman Miller, as its sole obligation, will repair or replace (at its option) any product, part, or component covered by this warranty and sold after the effective date of this warranty which fails under normal use as a result of a defect in material or workmanship; Herman Miller will repair or replace the aforementioned product, part, or component with a comparable product, part, or component.This warranty extends only to the original purchasers who acquire new product from Herman Miller, its subsidiaries, or its authorized resellers. Any product, part, or component must have been used according to Herman Miller’s published instructions and installed and maintained by a Herman Miller factory-trained technician or an authorized Herman Miller dealer installer. If these requirements are met, warranty coverage will be extended. Any misuse, abuse, or modification to the original product voids the warranty. Herman Miller does not warrant the performance of the product when used in combination with other than original Herman Miller product.The warranty period starts from the date of purchase.This document inclusively describes all of the warranties given and remedies available with respect to the company’s products and services. Herman Miller and its subsidiaries disclaim any other warranty whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, in relation to the products.

Herman Miller does not warrant:
• natural variations in wood grain or figure or the presence of character marks
• changes in surface finishes, including colorfastness, due to aging or exposure to light
• marks, scars, or wrinkles occurring naturally in leather
• veins, marks, voids, fissures, or cracks found naturally in stone

In addition, Herman Miller does not warrant:
• failure resulting from normal wear and tear
• pilling of textiles
• the matching of colors, grains, or textures of natural materials
• the colorfastness or the matching of colors of textiles, including an exact match to cuttings, samples, or to swatch cards
• damage, marking, or staining of veneer surfaces due to contact with rubber or similar compounds; damage from sharp objects or imprinting from writing instruments, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
• discoloration of Lyris™, Lyris 2, and any light-colored textiles due to soiling, stains, or dye transfer from clothing including denim
• foreign objects abrading fabric over time


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