Herman Miller Eames Two-Seat Sofa
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
With its emphasis on beautiful materials and simplified forms, the Eames leather sofa exemplifies the best in modern furniture design. Its angled profile and clean lines showcase a harmonious combination of rich walnut, soft leather and polished aluminum. Equally fitting for the contemporary home or office, it's a luxurious place to settle back and relax.
The Eames sofa was the last piece of furniture produced by the Eames Office, which completed the design after Charles Eames died in 1978. It went into production in 1984 and has been manufactured by Herman Miller ever since.
Charles and Ray Eames designed the sofa to complement their plush soft pad chairs and the sleek chaise. It stands as a graceful reminder of the honest genius of Charles and Ray Eames.
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What's To Like:
Our first opportunity to sit on the Eames Sofa was notable for several reasons. First: we had never sat on a sofa that was so refined, so beautifully proportioned. Second: it's a leather sofa, and we didn't slide off! The Eames Sofa is angled so that the sitter comfortably slides back into a supported position with weight distributed between the back and seat. Third: you'd never be able to tell that the sofa's foam is only 2" thick. It feels like you're sitting on a cloud. And Fourth: just the act of sitting on such a nice sofa, with the knowledge that it was worth a lot of money and was made with so much intentionality, put us in the mood for a glass of wine and a good book.
What's Not to Like:
Well, we'd be silly if we didn't acknowledge that the Eames Sofa is an expensive piece of furniture. That, and the fact that your grandmother might find it hard to get out of the sitting pocket created by the sofa's backward tilt, are the only things we can think of that can be negatives.
The Bottom Line:
The Eames Sofa is beautiful, richly appointed, and an icon of the mid-century modern era. It's immediately recognizable for the enduring quality of its design, and will be an heirloom-quality feature anywhere you put it. Not only that, but the Eames Sofa is full-blown comfortable. It's easy to find recognizable designs that aren't comfortable - but this one was obviously designed by its future users with beauty and comfort in mind.
- Overall: 33" h x 56" w x 30" d
- 16.5" seat height
- The back of the Eames Sofa is made of solid walnut or teak
- Frame and back panels are polished smooth and hand finished with gunstock oil
- Seat cushions rest on a fabric-reinforced rubber webbing for comfortable body support
- Seat and back cushions are 2-inch-thick foam
- Seat cushion bottoms are covered in ventilating nylon fabric
- Made from top quality leather, the seat, back, and arm cushion upholstery has a supple feel
- Legs and arm supports are brightly polished die-cast aluminum
- Steel braces for extra strength finish the Eames Sofa
- 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.
The Herman Miller Eames Sofa is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: ES110, ES110OT, ES110OU.
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About the Designer
Charles 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 Eames Sofa. 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.
The Eames sofa was the last piece of furniture designed by the Eames Design Office. An earlier model - designed, like this one, to complement their Soft Pad chairs - was designed in 1967 but was never taken past the model stage.
The team started anew in the late 1970s and completed this design just after Charles Eames's death in 1978. Herman Miller began production in 1984 and has manufactured the sofa ever since. It stands as a graceful reminder of the honest genius of the Eameses.
About the Manufacturer
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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.
Care and Maintenance:
- 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.
- Wood Veneer
For normal cleaning, dust furniture daily with a slightly damp, soft cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. 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 emulsion wax to the finish with a soft cloth. Emulsion wax is clear and prevents fingerprints.
For 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 simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.
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.
Materials & Measurements
2 1/2-inch-thick molded urethane foam, upholstered in fabric. Seat cushion support is fabric-reinforced rubber webbing on a steel and wire-spring armature. Steel frame in black enamel with tubular, chrome-plated steel legs. Stainless steel glides with rubber base.Dimensions:
Overall: 33" h x 56" w x 30" d
Seat height: 16.5"Leather Collections:
Chromium free and in stock at Herman Miller, standard leather is a winner for most. Direct from Austria with a matte, soft feel, this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items. It has a faint embossed grain pattern and little shine.
Open Line Leather
This Austrian leather is essentially the same as the standard leather, but is available in a wider array of colors. It also has a light embossed grain and is matte in finish.
Dream Cow Leather
A gentle European full grain aniline-dyed cowhide with a calfskin feel, this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. Dream cow is very popular, it has a natural grain and medium shine and is similar to Royal Hide without the price.
Metallic Dream Cow Leather
Metallic is right. This leather is infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Features offbeat, moody colors with a shimmer to them.