Swoop Plywood Lounge Chair
by Herman Miller


Swoop Plywood Lounge Chair

by Herman Miller
SKU# 714
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The exposed wood shell of the Swoop Plywood Lounge Chair is a subtle reference to the iconic designs of Charles and Ray Eames. The chair

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Product Overview

Swoop Plywood Lounge Chair

A subtle nod to the iconic designes of Charles and Ray Eames, the exposed wood shell of the Swoop Plywood Lounge Chair is striking. The chair's armrests are built to accommodate a range of postures and positions, with an attratively gentle "swoop." A coordinating ottoman is also available to add additional comfort and style.

Any Which Way You Sit

Brian Kane designed Swoop for the way people sit today—in a word, personally. Because there are no hard edges or 90-degree angles, the “swooping” form created as the arms curve into the seat accommodates a variety of postures and positions: legs crossed, curled up, or settled in.

About Herman Miller

Founded in West Michigan in 1905, Herman Miller has grown to become a world-recognized furniture brand. As a design leader and furniture innovator, they’ve partnered with some of the most influential and iconic designers of the 20th century—designers like Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard and more. In doing so, they’ve produced pieces that have become classics of industrial design, many of which are featured on permanent display in museums like the New York Museum of Contemporary Art (MoMA).

Herman Miller continued that legacy in 1994 by partnering with designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick. They went about developing an office chair unlike any before it. Bringing together the latest in ergonomic research and design, they developed the legendary Classic Aeron chair, the best selling office chair in the world.

Today, Herman Miller continues that tradition of design forward thinking and innovation. Partnering with the next generation of industrial designers—such as Studio 7.5 and Yves Behar— as they tackle the ergonomic and anthropometric challenges we face in today’s modern work life.



H: 32" H: 16.5" W: 33" D: 29”

Packaging Dimensions:
33" x 33.5" x 32"

Package Weight:
47 lbs.

Design Story

    Observe and Respond
    Industrial designer Brian Kane came up with the concept for the Swoop while teaching a design class at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Kane observed how students interacted with furniture around campus. “They would sprawl, they would lay, they would sit on the arms,” he says. “They would basically kind of occupy the chair.”

    Bodies Welcome
    With those students in mind, Kane set out to design a seat that would be comfortable in many different positions. “The fact that you can rest in it, that you can roll your body into the forms of the arms—this is not the traditional construction that most seating has.”

    Material Compliance
    As a material to consider for a Herman Miller chair design, plywood is a choice steeped in history. Its association with Charles and Ray Eames and their iconic Molded Plywood Chairs was not lost on Swoop designer Brian Kane.

    In Good Company
    Kane’s designs have been exhibited at the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museums in New York and at the MoMA in San Francisco, but he’s especially proud to have Swoop sitting alongside Eameses’ designs in the Herman Miller portfolio. “For me,” Kane says, “that’s as good as it gets.”

Care & Maintenance

    Care & Maintenance

    With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller furniture will provide years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain the finish quality of your Herman Miller product, please follow the cleaning procedures provided below.

    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.

    Coated Metal

    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 instructions on the label. 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.

    Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol–based, or solvent–based cleaners; they may damage the paint finish.

    For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

    Polished Aluminum (uncoated)

    Normal cleaning

    Apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the instructions on the label.

    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.

    Polished Chrome, Trivalent Chrome

    Normal cleaning

    Wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

    Wood & Veneer

    Normal cleaning

    Dust furniture with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

    Once a month

    Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

    Twice a year

    Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth.

    Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

    Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches

    Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulates the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

    Fabric Upholstery

    Normal cleaning

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

    Large areas

    If large areas are soiled, contact a professional cleaning firm.

    Leather Upholstery

    Normal cleaning

    Vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a soft, damp cloth using a lather of any mild soap with lukewarm water.

    Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

    Spots and spills

    Wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If further cleaning is 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.

    Stubborn spots and stains

    Apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry.

    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.

    If the stain remains, contact a professional cleaner.

    Large Areas

    If large areas are soiled, contact a professional cleaning firm.