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Eames Soft Pad Management Chair
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Eames Soft Pad Management Chair

by Herman Miller
SKU# 172
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$ $2,575.00

$ $2,188.75

+ Free Shipping

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

ELEGANCE IN FORM AND TECHNIQUE
The cushier cousins of the Eames Aluminum Group. Sophisticated, refined, with a graceful silhouette. Soft Pad chairs are available in a selection of colors, materials, and bases that allow them to sit well in homes and offices.

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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.

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    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.

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    Dimensions

    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:
    No

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    Design Story

      PRODUCT DESIGN STORY

      A major technical achievement

      Aluminum Group chairs began as a challenge among legendary designers. Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard were designing the Columbus, Indiana, home of J. Irwin Miller, founder of Cummins Engines. They wanted a high-quality seating product for outdoor use and asked Charles and Ray Eames to develop one. The Eameses accepted.

      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.

      DESIGNERS

      Charles and Ray Eames

      A chair that looked like a potato chip. Another that resembled a “well-used first baseman’s mitt.” A folding screen that rippled...

      With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the “Eames look.”

      That look and their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

      Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it.

      They loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.”

      A problem-solver who encouraged experimentation among his staff, Charles once said his dream was “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.”

      Their own concepts evolved over time, not overnight. As Charles noted about the development of the Molded Plywood Chairs, “Yes, it was a flash of inspiration,” he said, “a kind of 30-year flash.”

      With these two, one thing always seemed to lead to another. Their revolutionary work in molded plywood led to their breakthrough work in molded fiberglass seating. A magazine contest led to their highly innovative “Case Study” house. Their love of photography led to film making, including a huge seven-screen presentation at the Moscow World’s Fair in 1959, in a dome designed by their friend and colleague, Buckminster Fuller.

      Graphic design led to showroom design, toy collecting to toy inventing. And a wooden plank contraption, rigged up by their friend, director Billy Wilder for taking naps, led to their acclaimed chaise design.

      A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple “just wanted to make the world a better place.” That they did. They also made it a lot more interesting.

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      BRAND STORY

      Herman Miller® is a pioneer in the furniture industry, an innovator whose human-centered, problem-solving approach to design has introduced new ways of living and working for over 100 years. Environmentally-friendly design, lean manufacturing, ergonomics, the open office, even American modernism itself: Herman Miller and our designers have had a hand in shaping it all. In the spirit of our founder, D.J. De Pree, who established a willingness to abandon ourselves creatively to the influence of others, we’ve partnered with the world’s leading designers for generations—from midcentury icons George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard to Michael Anastassiades, Scholten & Baijings, Yves Béhar, and more of today’s leading design minds. Our work with them continues to explore design as a method of change, and the enriching value authenticity brings to our lives. Together, we’re shaping the new kinds of spaces where people will live and work for years to come.

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