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
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.
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.