I have written about my obsession with classic Mid-Century Modern furniture. Some of my favorite furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen. So when I recently discovered Herman Miller has reengineered Eames Aluminum Group Chairs for the outdoors I was super excited.
Eames furniture designs embody the characteristics of Mid-Century Modern furniture. Popular since the 1950’s the Eames Aluminum Group chairs’ sleek design and metal frame blend well in any home or workplace. Oddly enough the Eameses originally designed this family of seating for the outdoors. It would seem however these chairs found their home inside for many years. To read more about the history of the Eames Aluminum Group read this Design Story.
Reinvented For the Outdoors
Herman Miller took much effort in the reengineering of the iconic Eames Aluminum Group chair and ottoman for the outdoors. The goal was to stay true the original design of the chair without changing much for outdoor use. To withstand the elements a new weaved fabric was designed. Constructed from strong monofilament polypropylene, similar to the Aeron Chair seat and back, the new fabric fits the aesthetics of the original chair and is functional for the outdoors.
Every Chair Needs a Companion
To complement the outdoor version of the Aluminum Group seating, Herman Miller also redesigned two famous Eames tables. To make the perfect outdoor furniture arrangement Eames’ Contract Base Table and Wire Base Low Table were given exquisite stone tops. These tables are the perfect companion the Aluminum Group chairs because the metal base resembles the frame of the Aluminum Group. Available in marble and granite finishes these tables are the finishing touch to a beautiful new line of outdoor furniture from Herman Miller.
Design Question: What do you think of this new outdoor furniture? Is this something you would put on your deck or patio?
- High & Low: Home Office Furniture (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Eames Wire Base Table with Eames Century Moddern Letters (chictip.com)