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Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair

 Charles and Ray Eames
Graceful silhouette, innovative comfort features, timeless design. Obviously Eames. The Executive Chair offers a high back, tilt-swivel mechanism, seat-height adjustment, and tilt lock feature. And now, exciting new finish and materials options.

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Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair

An Eames Classic

It’s a trick only Charles and Ray Eames could pull off: Chairs designed in 1958 as outdoor seating still look classic and contemporary in 21st century interiors.

The clean, curvilinear lines enhance any décor and work well in your home office, dining area, and living room. Available in fabric, vinyl or leather, these Eames chairs are equipped with an innovative suspension that creates a firm, flexible “sitting pocket.” It conforms subtly to your body’s shape and maintains your comfort.

With an aluminum frame and base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move. Earth-friendly, too: made of 61 percent recycled materials and 88 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life.

Charles and Ray Eames

A major technical achievement.

Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
  • Expanded Options

    Expanded Options

    We've added a number of new options to let you create the perfect chair.

    You can choose leather, vinyl, or fabric in lots of colors, including some prints. If you choose leather upholstery, you can opt for our standard or our new premium leather, a semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time. The new premium leather option is available in black and pearl.

    To complement the lighter materials—including white leather—we are also offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with polished aluminum.

  • Innovative Comfort Suspension

    Innovative Comfort Suspension

    A continuous piece of seat-back upholstery stretched tautly between the aluminum side ribs makes a flexible pocket that provides support as you sit.

  • Handy Adjustments

    Handy Adjustments

    Chairs have a 5-star base with casters, tilt-swivel mechanism, and manual or optional pneumatic seat-height adjustment and tilt lock feature.

Eames Aluminum Group chair prototypes

A major technical

Outdoor Seating Comes In

An Industrialist Who Loved Modern Design

Industrialist J. Irwin Miller was born in the small town of Columbus, Indiana, in 1909. A civic-minded man, he set up the Cummins Foundation in 1954 and offered his home town a deal: The Foundation would pay architect fees for new public buildings and would choose the architects. As a result, this town of about 40,000 has buildings by the giants of mid-century modern design—Eero and Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Kevin Roche, and Richard Meier, among others. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects declared the small town the sixth most important in the country in terms of architecture.

Charles and Ray Eames working on prototype

Outdoor Seating Moves Indoors

We began making the Aluminum Group chairs for indoor use in 1958, and they have been in continuous production ever since. We dropped the original mesh in favor of fabric, vinyl, and leather, ribbed at 1 7/8-inch intervals for a clean, refined appearance.

Over the years, some efforts we made to improve quality came at the expense of craft. We chose a standard leather that wore better and faded less than the original aniline leather, and in doing so we surrendered some of the soft hand of the original leather.

Now we are restoring the balance—and letting you make the choice. The new premium leather provides much of the soft hand of the original, along with durability and color-fastness.

Archival photos courtesy of Eames Office LLC

Miller home Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair

A Challenge to the Eames Team

Among the buildings Eero Saarinen designed in Columbus was Miller's home. Saarinen wanted high-quality seating for outdoor use and asked Charles and Ray Eames to develop it. They constructed their chairs with cast aluminum and a seat frame that would support a stretched synthetic mesh. The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

Aluminum chairs in development Aluminum chairs in development Charles and Ray Eames

General Dimensions

  • H:
  • H:
  • W:
  • D:
  • Manual
  • 1050” max
  • 430-495”
  • 580”
  • 430"
  • Pneumatic Standard
  • 1065” max
  • 440-495”
  • 580”
  • 430"
  • Pneumatic Extended
  • 1155” max
  • 440-560”
  • 585”
  • 430"

Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair

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Packaging Dimensions:
1065" x 660" x 660"
Package Weight:
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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.


Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

Vinyl Upholstery

For normal cleaning, wash vinyl upholstery with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush lathered with mild, nonabrasive soap and lukewarm water. Before the surface dries, wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residue. This procedure may be repeated to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

Ink spots can sometimes be removed by washing with soap and water followed by isopropyl alcohol.

Do not use any cleaning method that is not listed above, as other methods may attack the vinyl and cause eventual degradation.


For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.

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