Scandinavia Design

Aluminium Group Chairs
Adjustable Seat Height – EA117, EA118, EA119

design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958

Aluminium Group Task Chairs EA117, EA118 and EA119 are part of the Aluminium Group, which includes several models for use in homes, offices and public areas. Vitra has produced the Aluminium Group chairs over a period of decades in the same superior quality. This experience allows us to offer a 30-year guarantee on all of the chair models in the Aluminium Group.

Aluminium Chair is one of the greatest furniture designs of the twentieth century. Charles and Ray Eames originally designed it in 1958 for the private residence of an art collector in Columbus, Indiana (USA). For the construction of this chair, the designer couple abandoned the principle of the seat shell, instead stretching a panel of fabric or leather between two aluminium side members to create a taut but elastic seat. The chair adapts to the body of the sitter and is exceedingly comfortable, even without elaborate upholstery.

Backrest and seat upholstered with high-frequency wel-ded horizontal ribbing in Hopsak, Leather or Premium Leather
Side profiles, spreaders and armrests die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black
Base four-star base in die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black

Mechanism adjustable backward tilt, lockable in the forward position – swiveling – continuous seat height adjustment with gas spring

medium-height backrest

medium-height backrest
with sitting position facing the table

high backrest


free samples

(against deposit)

95 €

Hopsak fabric

100 % polyamide | 550 gr/m2

Hopsak is an expressive, flat plain-weave fabric made of polyamide. The duotone colours offer a multitude of design possibilities in high-contrast, brightly hued or subtle combinations of warp and weft threads. Highly durable and robust, Hopsak can be used in private interiors as well as public areas.

/ pastel green (71)

/ ivory (69)

/ forest (70)

/ forest (87)

/ forest (77)

/ ivory (85)

/ forest (86)

/ moor brown (73)

ice blue
/ ivory (81)

ice blue
/ moor brown (82)

/ ivory (83)

/ moor brown (84)

dark blue
/ ivory (74)

dark blue
/ moor brown (75)

dark grey (05)

nero (66)

/ moor brown (78)

/ moor brown (76)

warm grey
/ moor brown (80)

/ moor brown (62)

/ cognac (96)

/ poppy red (63)

/ poppy red (65)

/ poppy red (68)

poppy red
/ ivory (67)

/ poppy red (72)

/ ivory (88)

warm grey
/ ivory (79)

Standard leather

The standard Vitra leather is a robust cowhide leather with a homogeneous grain, dyed and pigmented with graining. Wear resistant and easy to maintain, it can also be used in office environments.

Premium leather

Premium leather is a relatively smooth cowhide leather with a flat grain and a slightly shiny surface. It is tinted and lightly pigmented. Semi-aniline leather is soft to the touch.

Charles & Ray Eames

Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and assumed a teaching position in the design department the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" organized by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook.

Ray Eames, born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940.

Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable. However, the war interrupted their work, and Charles and Ray turned instead to the design and development of leg splints made of plywood, which were manufactured in large quantities for the US Navy. In 1946, they exhibited their experimental furniture designs at MoMA. The Herman Miller Company in Zeeland, Michigan, subsequently began to produce Eames furniture. Charles and Ray participated in the 1948 'Low-Cost Furniture' competition at MoMA, and they built the Eames House in 1949 as their own private residence. In addition to their work in furniture design and architecture, they also regularly turned their hand to graphic design, photography, film and exhibition design.

In 1957 Vitra signed a licence agreement with Herman Miller and began producing the Eameses' designs for Europe and the Middle East. Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra. It was the encounter with their work that spurred the company's beginnings as a furniture manufacturer. Yet it is not just the products of Charles and Ray Eames that have left a mark on Vitra. Even today, their design philosophy continues to significantly shape the company's values, orientation and goals.