Part of the 'Alu Group' range designed in 1957 and released in 1958, the full size Eames Ribbed Recliner Chair was a lounge chair model with adjustable tilting function, higher back rest and additional head support pillow. The reclining Alu Group lounge chair was made to be more luxurious and designed at an angle to provide the maximum rest and support to the user.
The tilt section sat just below the ‘antlers’ of the support bar and just above the stem of the base. It was a box shaped rolling tilt section constructed from rubber-and-steel called a Flo-Tilt cylinder. The chair was offered with (model 684) or without arms (model 683) and with the addition of an ottoman which was available to buy separately.
The Aluminum Group was designed to be utilized both indoor and out and was originally made available in Saran fabric and selected Naugahyde colors. Later Herman Miller would release the chair with leather and plastic mesh as well as concentrate the range for indoor and workplace markets. The Eames Alu Recliner Chair was released alongside a lounge chair as well as an upright desk chair with either a small or high back.
The Alu Group's versatility and popularity has rarely waned and the series have developed an iconic status, often inspiring modern designs as well as being very largely copied.
The Eames Reclining Alu Chair has seen some code changes, base changes and fabric option changes but has always been in constant production since its original release in 1958.
What are the model numbers and codes of the Alu Group Lounge Chair? Chairs in the Alu Group have baffled buyers, sellers and collectors for years with their seemingly endless array of product codes, numbers and names. Our estimated full Alu Group classification is available to view but for the Recliner model here is a brief summary to help:
|Seat Height||15.875"||40.32 cm|
|Upholstery||Naugahyde, Hopsack, Leather|
|Feet||Nylon Floor Glides|
Many of the designs of Charles and Ray Eames went through developments and changes over the years. Some were necessary and some were visual or based on usability. Flexibility was the main reason for change in the Alu Group with bases being introduced that could be used with glides or castors as the main catalyst. Generations are subjective but the Alu Group allows them to be fairly precise if the changes in bases and codes over the years are used to decide them.