Eames Aluminium Group
When a friend can’t find suitable chairs
Charles Eames once said: ‘I think of our work as essentially that of tradesmen – the tools we use are often connected with the arts but we use them to solve problems which are assigned or we discern.’ Vitra is committed to upholding this approach and regards the Eames Aluminium Chairs not just as a classic design, but as an entire design concept for industrial manufacturing with elements of hand craftsmanship. Only in this way can the quality be achieved that allows Vitra to offer a 30-year guarantee on all of the chair models in the Aluminium Group.
Vitra introduced the chairs on the European market in 1959, shortly after the US launch by Herman Miller – the producer and distributor of the Aluminium Chairs in all other global markets – and one year after the first chairs were delivered to the Miller family for use in their new home.
In 1954, the American industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia commissioned the architect Eero Saarinen to build a private residence for their family. The designer and interior architect Alexander Girard was responsible for outfitting the rooms of the home, right down to every detail of the furnishings. While visiting his friend Charles Eames in 1957, shortly before construction of the Miller House was completed, Girard complained that there were no suitable high-quality outdoor furnishings on the market that could be used for the terraces around the modernist structure.
Today the legendary Miller House belongs to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is accessible to the public. Along with a few other private homes, it is a seminal example of American Mid-Century Modernism.
Aluminium is an extremely durable material that can be completely recycled at the end of its useful life. Recycled aluminium requires 94% less energy to produce than primary aluminium, which is why Vitra relies almost exclusively on recycled aluminium.
Soft Pad Group
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.