Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Armless Side Chair
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
2" thick foam pads, curved aluminum side ribs, a 4-star aluminum base and the genius of Charles and Ray Eames ... combine all of these elements together, throw in some stylish fabric upholstery and the result is the Eames Soft Pad Chair Collection. Shown here is the armless side chair from this classic collection. The fabric upholstery options give you the choice of a brighter, lighter look or a more subdued, traditional piece.
Also available with arms and with leather upholstery.
See the entire Eames Soft Pad Chair collection.
What's To Like:
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.
Sitting comfort. Soft Pad seating add 2-inch-thick foam cushions for comfort and a different look.
Strong aluminum: With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs and an aluminum base, 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, or arms, this is the wrong chair - try the Setu Chair instead.
The Bottom Line:
This 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.
- Overall: 34" h x 23" w x 20.5" d
- Seat height: 18.5"
- Seat depth: 16.5"
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- 2" thick upholstered foam cushions
The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Side Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA406, EA406S, EA406F, EA430, EA431.
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.
About the Designer
Charles and Ray Eames
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 wire chair 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.
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.
Materials & Measurements
Lightweight aluminum frame and 2"-thick upholstered foam cushions.Upholstery Materials:
- Gem: 100 antimony-free polyester
- Slideshow: 56 recycled polyester, 44 polyester
- Moire: 100 recycled polyester
- Railroad: 100 recycled polyester
- Cygnus: 69 elastomeric, 31 polyester
34" h x 23" w x 16.5" d
Seat height: 18.5"
Seat width: 20.5"
Aluminum Group chairs are made of 67 percent recycled materials and are 90 percent recyclable at the end of their useful life.