Eames Soft Pad Management Chair
by Herman Miller

$2,380.00 + Free Shipping

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair

by Herman Miller
SKU# 172
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of Herman Miller products.
$2,380.00 + Free Shipping
A cushy cousin of the Aluminum Group, this low-back chair bears the unmistakable Eames stamp of beauty and utility in design. The pneumatic lift and tilt-swivel mechanism let you adjust the chair to make it your own. Available with or without arms.

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    Standard Leather
    Chromium free and with a matte finish, this soft leather is detailed with a lightly embossed grain pattern and faint shine.

    MCL Leather
    With 100% natural full grain and medium shine, MCL leather has a soft feel with great performance and durability.

    Dream Cow Leather
    This full grain European cowhide combines medium shine with a gentle feel.


    Manual seat height adjustment:
    The seat is raised by turning a knob under the back of the seat.

    Pneumatic lift:
    Includes a lever is to the side of the chair's chassis to allow you to raise and lower the chair at will.

    Product Overview

    Eames Soft Pad Management Chair

    When Charles and Ray Eames first designed their Aluminum Group outdoor furniture for the J. Irwin Miller house, they developed an iconic design made with an aluminum base and a suspension "seat pocket." Just over a decade later, they decided to extend the design by adding luxurious cushions that would keep the sitter comfortable for hours at a time. With this evolution came a new name: the Soft Pad Collection. The Soft Pad Management Chair is lightweight and timeless, and it includes these features:

    • A cast aluminum base.
    • A suspension back.
    • Comfortable cushions for the back and seat.

    From the home to the office, the Soft Pad Management Chair has a classic yet modern aesthetic that will suit any environment.


    An Official Herman Miller Retailer

    Office Designs was one of the first companies to sell Herman Miller products and is now the brand's largest retailer. All of our products come directly from the Herman Miller factory, which means they've been made with the brand's high standards in mind.


    Warranty Information

    The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair comes with an official 12-year, three-shift manufacturer's warranty.

    For more information, read the Herman Miller Warranty here (PDF).


    About Herman Miller

    Herman Miller is one of the leading furniture designers in the world. The brand was founded in 1923, and since its inception, it has partnered with some of the most renowned designers ever, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jerome Caruso and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller's partnership with Charles and Ray Eames has introduced the world to such iconic products as the Molded Plywood line of chairs, the Aluminum Group and the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.



    Dimensions & Measurements

    • Overall Height: 34"
    • Overall Width: 20.75"
    • Seat Height: 19.75" to 22.5"
    • Seat Depth: 16.5"


    Packaging Dimensions:

    35.5" x 26" x 26"

    Package Weight:
    41 lbs.

    Assembly Required:

    Product Options

      Eames Soft Pad Management Chair Features

      The Soft Pad Management Chair's features are simply an evolution of those you would find in a product from the Eames Aluminum Group. The most important distinction? This chair was made with the ultimate comfort in mind. Its many features include:

      Luxurious Back Cushions

      With the addition of plush, soft cushions to the seat and back of their Aluminum Group chairs, the Eameses made their Soft Pad Collection one of the most popular of all time. The chairs, which offer a pleasant and comfortable sitting experience for hours at a time, have been used in homes and offices ever since.

      Three Base Options

      The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair has three five-star base options, including white, polished aluminum and graphite satin. The chair stays true to the Eames' original design with its cast-aluminum base.

      Innovative Suspension Back

      Charles and Ray Eames designed the suspension back for their Aluminum Group - it's a curving frame with suspended fabric that creates a connected seat and back. The Soft Pad Group uses the same suspension back with the addition of cushions.

      Expanded Upholstery Options

      The Soft Pad Management Chair comes in a diverse assortment of upholstery fabrics, colors and prints. Choose the style that complements your work or home best.

      Easy Adjustments

      Whether you opt for the pneumatic height adjustment or not, the chair's many functions are effortless to fine-tune to suit your body's needs.


    Design Story

      Design Story

      A challenge to the Eames team
      Known for their honest use of materials, the Eameses constructed their chairs with cast aluminum and a seat frame meant to support a stretched synthetic mesh. The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

      A step up to luxury
      We began making the Aluminum Group chairs in 1958. In 1969, the Eameses extended the original design by adding plush, individually upholstered cushions. They named these the Soft Pad chairs. The chairs’ simple lines, innovative use of materials, and suspension comfort have kept them among the most popular seating choices for both offices and homes for more than 50 years.

    Care & Maintenance

      With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

      The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

      Polished Aluminum
      For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

      Coated Metal
      For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

      For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

      Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

      Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

      Vinyl Upholstery
      For normal cleaning, wash vinyl upholstery with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush lathered with mild, nonabrasive soap and lukewarm water. Before the surface dries, wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residue. This procedure may be repeated to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

      Ink spots can sometimes be removed by washing with soap and water followed by isopropyl alcohol.

      Do not use any cleaning method that is not listed above, as other methods may attack the vinyl and cause eventual degradation.

      For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

      For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

      For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

      Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.