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Eames Soft Pad Management Chair by Herman Miller

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The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Management Chair features 2 inch thick foam pads covered by supple leather upholstery all supported by a curved aluminum frame.
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Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Management Chair, Leather Upholstery

designed by Charles and Ray Eames

At A Glance:
2" thick foam pads, curved aluminum side ribs, artistically curved arms, a 5-star aluminum base with casters, and the genius of Charles and Ray Eames ... combine all of these elements together, throw in sumptuous leather and the result is the Eames Soft Pad Management Chair. Shown with casters, the Management Chair offers optional glides as well. The chair's leather upholstery color choices give you the option of a brighter, lighter look or a more subdued, traditional piece. Tilt-swivel mechanism adds comfort to the seat's recline, and the pneumatic height adjustment option also includes tilt lock to make tasking a breeze.

What's To Like:

Distinctive Aesthetic
Unmistakable look. Soft Pad cushions add a plush, luxurious touch.

Classic and contemporary. The Management Chair's clean, trim lines makes it appropriate for all styles of decor, from contemporary homes to elegant offices to hip startups.

Inventive Comfort
Sitting comfort. Soft Pad seating adds 2-inch-thick foam cushions for comfort and a different look. Leather gives the seat a luxurious feel and look.

Strong aluminum: With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs, a solid aluminum base, and slim arms, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move.

The Bottom Line:
The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair is versatile enough to work in almost any environment and provide unmatched comfort and style. With cleverly contrasting materials, the Management Chair brings an eye-catching look to any room ... home or office.


  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • 2" thick leather-upholstered foam cushions
  • 5-star base with tilt-swivel mechanism

Leather Options:

  • Stock Leather
    Chromium free and from Austria this stock Herman Miller leather is a winner for most. With a matte, soft feel this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items.
  • MCL Leather
    Italian by birth, MCL has a soft hand and natural touch with great performance; and it's easy on the earth. It will show more wrinkles over time and wear well. Avoid high-wear applications that require high cleanability and those which expose the leather to direct sunlight. It has a medium grain and shine and is a nice upgrade from the standard leather for the price.

Caster Options:

  • 2" single wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
  • 2" chrome soft double wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
  • 2" black painted hard double wheel casters, carpet
  • 2" chrome hard double wheel casters, carpet

Height Adjustment Options:

  • Manual seat height adjustment
  • Pneumatic seat height adjustment with tilt lock

The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Management Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA435P, EA435, EA434.

Lightweight aluminum frame and 2"-thick upholstered foam cushions.


Manual Adjustment
Overall: 34" h x 23" w
Seat Height: 19.75-22.5"
Seat Depth: 16.5"
Max Arm Height: 27.5"

Pneumatic Adjustment
Overall: 34.25" h x 23" w
Seat Height: 20.25-22.25"
Seat Depth: 16.5"
Max Arm Height: 27.5"

The Aluminum Group initially was designed for Irwin Miller, founder of Cummins Engines, in Columbus, Indiana. Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard designed the Miller home and challenged Charles and Ray Eames to develop a high-quality seating product for outdoor use.

Known for their honest use of materials, the Eameses constructed the chairs with cast aluminum and first conceived of a seat frame to support stretched fabric - a synthetic mesh (woven saran). Although the mesh was discontinued shortly after its introduction, Herman Miller reintroduced a new mesh material for the Aluminum Group in 2001. Called Cygnus, it is similar to the Aeron chair's Pellicle fabric in its aeration and translucent qualities.

The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

Wonderfully comfortable, the chairs became the basis for several other Eames designs, including the Soft Pad chair group.