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Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Side Chair

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Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Side Chair with Arms
Leather Upholstery
designed by Charles and Ray Eames


Eames Soft Pad Side Chair At A Glance:
2" thick foam pads, curved aluminum side ribs, artistically curved arms, a 4-star aluminum base 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 Chair Collection. Shown here is the side chair with arms from this classic collection. The leather upholstery color choices give you the option of a brighter, lighter look or a more subdued, traditional piece.

Also available with fabric upholstery.

See the entire Eames Soft Pad Chair collection.

What's To Like:

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

Classic and contemporary. The chairs' clean, trim lines make them appropriate for all kinds of places, 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.

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

What's Not to Like:
That all depends what you're looking for. If you need casters, or a tilting seat back, this is the wrong chair - try the Setu Chair instead.

The Bottom Line:
The Eames Soft Pad Armless Side Chair is versatile enough to work in almost any environment and provide unmatched comfort and style. With cleverly contrasting materials the Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Side Chair brings an eye-catching look to any room.

Details:

  • Overall: 34" h x 23" w x 20.5" d
  • Seat height: 18.5"
  • Seat depth: 16.5"
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • 2" thick leather-upholstered foam cushions
  • Also available without arms


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.

    • Open Line Leather
      Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.

    • Dream Cow Leather
      With a gentle calfskin grain (it's not calfskin though, its European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. This is a leather of great versatility, perfect when Royal Hide is out of budget, but where the look is wanted.

    • Metallic Dream Cow Leather
      A gentle calfskin grain (again, not calfskin but European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Updated, offbeat, moody colors.

    • All Grain Leather
      Not too big - not too small - just "All Grain". Color and quality together wedding grain and color, always with a feeling of luxury. European full grain aniline dyed cowhide powered by Crypton, "All Grain" becomes an easy choice for high traffic areas and commercial offices.

  • Royal Hide Leather
    This versatile leather is the most beautiful of its kind. The color range is huge, reflecting its broad applicability. It will develop a rich patina over time, making it a great heirloom, eliminating the need for reupholstery. A European full grain aniline dyed cowhide leather with no limits - sky, earth, sea.

The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Side Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA406, EA408, EA406F, EA408F, EA430, EA431.

MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS

Eames Soft Pad Armchair SpecsMaterials:
Lightweight aluminum frame and 2"-thick upholstered foam cushions.

Dimensions:
Overall: 34" h x 20.5" w x 16.5" d
Seat height: 18.5"
Seat width: 20.5"

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

Classic and contemporary. The chairs' clean, trim lines make them appropriate for all kinds of places, from contemporary homes to elegant offices to hip startups.

Soft Pad seating add 2-inch-thick foam cushions for comfort and a different look.

With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs and an aluminum base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move.

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.



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.
  • Open Line Leather
    Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.
  • Dream Cow Leather
    With a gentle calfskin grain (it's not calfskin though, its European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. This is a leather of great versatility, perfect when Royal Hide is out of budget, but where the look is wanted.
  • Metallic Dream Cow Leather
    A gentle calfskin grain (again, not calfskin but European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Updated, offbeat, moody colors.
  • All Grain Leather
    Not too big - not too small - just "All Grain". Color and quality together wedding grain and color, always with a feeling of luxury. European full grain aniline dyed cowhide powered by Crypton, "All Grain" becomes an easy choice for high traffic areas and commercial offices.
  • Royal Hide Leather
    This versatile leather is the most beautiful of its kind. The color range is huge, reflecting its broad applicability. It will develop a rich patina over time, making it a great heirloom, eliminating the need for reupholstery. A European full grain aniline dyed cowhide leather with no limits - sky, earth, sea.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Herman Miller is and has always been one of the most impressive companies in America when it comes to conservation, environmental initiative, and clean, responsible production. With every product they make, new and old, they continue to push toward a greater goal of total energy independence, the elimination of all waste, especially hazardous waste, and the dramatic reduction of their environmental "footprint." Whether they're re-tooling the Eames Soft Pad Chairs to make them easier to recycle or retro-fitting their building with energy efficient light bulbs and machinery, they're always doing their best to keep the environment safe.

At Smart Furniture, we really respect that, and we also feel a kindred spirit. One of the many reasons why choose to partner with Herman Miller and sell their products online is because we see eye to eye on the importance of being an environmentally safe and responsible company. Herman Miller feels the same way about us; they make it a policy never to work with vendors who don't share their commitment, or who don't take every opportunity they have to be safer, cleaner, and less wasteful. Every step of the way, from production of the Eames Soft Pad Chair in Herman Miller factories, to the shipping of the same chair from our warehouse in Chattanooga, TN, our two companies take every step to lessen the environmental impact of designing, building, selling, and shipping a product.

Herman Miller has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental issues. One of the main reasons that remains true today is that they set ambitious goals for themselves, and then commit to actually achieving them. It takes hard work, forward thinking and an almost artistic creativity to make an older product like the Eames Soft Pad Chair as safe as it can be, but all of those are qualities that have never been lacking at Herman Miller.

The most recent, and the most wide-ranging, of their environmental initiatives is called Design for the Environment. Referred to within the company (both in the offices and in the official documents available online) as DfE, the policies laid out within have guided the company inexorably toward a fully functional and totally green operation by the year 2020. The lastest policy, called "Perfect Vision," has laid out some of the most ambitious goals yet. Again, they are all meant to be met by the year 2020. Remember that these goals apply even to classical furniture like the Eames Soft Pad Chairs:


  • Zero landfill
  • Zero hazardous waste generation
  • Zero air emissions (VOC)
  • Zero process water use
  • 100 percent green electrical energy use
  • Company buildings constructed to a minimum LEED Silver certification
  • 100 percent of sales from DfE-approved products

The first goal, zero landfill, is going to be one of the hardest to achieve. Landfills are real burdens on the environment because they are often filled with plastics and other non-biodegradable materials. Not to mention that they are, of course, immense amounts of garbage trapped under land. The odor, the damage, and the difficulty of breaking down waste all make landfills a headache. But Herman Miller is making progress. Over the last few decades, the amount of landfill generated by Herman Miller has been cut drastically. Every year it shrinks at an exponential rate, and ten years from now, it will be totally gone. That's something to celebrate.

The Eames Soft Pad Chair has been made easy to recycle and therefore not likely to end up in landfill. Most of the chair is recyclable, and needs only to be sifted into component parts when the user has decided it's time to part ways for good (though the chairs are very durable and this day should be well ahead in the future). Even though the chair was debuted four decades ago, the designers and builders are Herman Miller were able to update it without changing the look or anything material to it's classic standing.

As consumers, it's important to make responsible choices when you buy products like office chairs. In the marketplace, dollars are the voters, and every dollar that goes toward a green enterprise is a dollar other manufacturers will try and follow, and earn for themselves. When a company is responsible, it's not just good for the environment; it's good for them, and it's good for the business world as a whole.

The Eames Soft Pad Chair is just one of the many comfortable, stylish, beautiful, and creative products that Herman Miller has to offer. But they all have something in common; you can feel good when you buy them, because they came from one of the more responsible green companies in the business. Smart Furniture and Herman Miller are very proud to bring you the best in green furniture, green shipping, and green business. Buy your chairs today.


ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER


Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

DESIGNER

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plywood chair, the aluminum chair group, and the soft pad chair group. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.

DESIGN STORY

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.


DESIGN

This is the most simple and basic permutation of the chair. It's not as tall as the lounge or the executive versions. This is a reserved chair meant to be used in small ways, rather than to handle big tasks (though it can handle them just fine). It features a single long soft pad that goes over the whole seat of the chair, and then two soft pads on the seat back which are close together and provide your back with plenty of support while sitting down in it. Smaller chairs can fit into smaller spaces (like between desks or in crowded waiting rooms and lobbies) and they can complete a room without ever dominating it or drawing attention to themselves. In a large office or meeting place it's always important to have enough chairs for everyone, but it's a pain to have chairs that take up space and attention within the room or the office.

With smaller Eames Soft Pad Side Chairs, that's no problem. They will subtly fill in the corners of your room or your design scheme, and they will serve well and very comfortably when called upon. They're the perfect tasteful side chair, very comfortable, but not big and not showy. They're attractive and they're nimble, and that's where they get their great value as home and office chairs. Also, they have a sculptural aspect; you can see very curve, and the shape of the chair becomes even more striking and original to the eye.

In the home setting, these chairs can be used just about anywhere. They're great as living room side chairs for when the couches and lounge chairs fill up. They're also perfect for a kids desk or bedroom, or even for your own home office and bedroom suite. Need a make-up chair or a place to sit and think? You can call this beauty into service with no problems. You can even put the chair in the dining room and underneath the kitchen table, depending on what kind of design aesthetic you have going on in those rooms.

At the office, these chairs are really great for practically anything. They can of course serve as desk chairs in a pinch, as the side chairs in a large office, as discussed above, or even as waiting room or lobby chairs outside. They can be underneath conference and meeting tables, or in the office kitchen or cafeteria to give workers a comfortable place to snack or take a break. Their elegant construction and use of tasteful material like leather and polished aluminum makes them perfect for any office, anywhere.

The Eames Soft Pad Side Chair is just a great addition to nearly any space in the home or office. It's flexible, it's lovely, and it's made by Charles and Ray Eames; that means it's certifiably classic.

Read more about the Soft Pad Group's design.


SHIPPING & DELIVERY


Standard Shipping Service:

Free White Glove (for residential destinations within the contiguous U.S. only)

Service includes delivery of high value, large, extremely heavy and or extremely fragile items. Delivery is made to your room of choice and includes unpacking, 15-30 minutes of light assembly and debris removal. Deliveries are generally made within 3-10 days from the time your order ships, and occur Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend deliveries can also be arranged upon request. Day and time specific delivery appointments are required, and someone must be present to receive the order.

Packaging:

  • Type: Box
  • Box dimensions: 27" x 26" x 35"
  • Packaged weight: 35 lbs.
  • Assembly required: None

For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.


WARRANTY

The Eames Soft Pad Armchair comes with a 12-year manufacturer's warranty.

Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away

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