Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Management Chair, Leather Upholstery
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
2" thick foam pads, curved aluminum side ribs, artistically curved arms, a 5-star aluminum base with casters, 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 Management Chair. Shown with casters, the Management Chair offers optional glides as well. The chair's leather upholstery color choices give you the option of a brighter, lighter look or a more subdued, traditional piece. Tilt-swivel mechanism adds comfort to the seat's recline, and the pneumatic height adjustment option also includes tilt lock to make tasking a breeze.
Also available with fabric 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 Management Chair's clean, trim lines makes it appropriate for all styles of decor, from contemporary homes to elegant offices to hip startups.
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.
Strong aluminum: With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs, a solid 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 all the latest adjustment features, this is the wrong chair - try the Aeron Chair instead. But, if you're looking for a gorgeous specimen of the best Mid-Century Modern has to offer, look no further.
The Bottom Line:
The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair is versatile enough to work in almost any environment and provide unmatched comfort and style. With cleverly contrasting materials, the Management Chair brings an eye-catching look to any room ... home or office.
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- 2" thick leather-upholstered foam cushions
- 5-star base with tilt-swivel mechanism
- 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.
- MCL Leather
Italian by birth, MCL has a soft hand and natural touch with great performance; and it's easy on the earth. It will show more wrinkles over time and wear well. Avoid high-wear applications that require high cleanability and those which expose the leather to direct sunlight. It has a medium grain and shine and is a nice upgrade from the standard leather for the price.
- 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.
- 2" single wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
- 2" chrome soft double wheel casters, hard floors or carpet
- 2" black painted hard double wheel casters, carpet
- 2" chrome hard double wheel casters, carpet
Height Adjustment Options:
- Manual seat height adjustment
- Pneumatic seat height adjustment with tilt lock
The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Management Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA435P, EA435, EA434.
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.
The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair takes the side chair up a notch by adding attractive and comfortable polished aluminum arms, casters, a five-star tilt/swivel base, and a more expansive look. It can do everything that the side chair does, fit into almost every space that chair does, and do it just a little bit better if comfort is a big factor. The addition of arms to the chair takes away slightly from the impressive profile of the side version, and it makes the chair a bit larger, but you gain whole vistas of comfort and support from it. No longer will your arms dangle by your side or have to rest on tables and desks; with the Management Chair, you can simply recline and relax, arms rested at your side. The look of the two chairs is otherwise very similar.
The Eames Soft Pad Management Chair has a full, comfortable pad on the seat, and two shorter pads, equally comfortable, on the seat back. Both of them help to keep the user in good posture and good health, not to mention good comfort. The management version of the chair is definitely meant to be a work chair primarily, although it serves very well in home and can do everything in that arena that the side chair can (especially if glides are chosen). Because it's office oriented, this is a chair that helps the user to focus and be more productive by keeping them as comfortable as possible. The pads, armrests, and the rich materials of the leather and aluminum keep the user supported and comfortable. All of those things contribute to a work state thankfully uninterrupted by much needed stretching sessions, and help to prevent numb limbs. This is the same thing today's ultra-high tech ergonomic chairs try to do, and Charles and Ray Eames were doing it in 1969, over 40 years ago.
In the home, this chair can go everywhere that the side chair can, and offers a bit more comfort than the side chair does. Underneath the kitchen or dining room table, in the living room, in the bedroom or behind the desk in a home office set up; all of these places can use some class, some comfort, and some inimitable style, and the Eames Soft Pad Management Chair offers that up in spades. While oriented toward the office (hence the name), this is the "renaissance man" of the Soft Pad Group. It can go most anywhere, it can do most anything, and it can do it well with an edge of classic design and historicity provided by Charles and Ray Eames.
In the office, this chair can literally do anything. Need a boardroom chair? You've got it. Need a meeting room chair? A desk chair? A chair for the waiting room? A chair with rollers or a chair without (you have the option)? You can get the chair you need for all of those tasks when you get yourself an Eames Soft Pad Management Chair. It's beautiful, it's very comfortable, and it can help sustain you through long day and long meetings. It's nearly the perfect office chair, because it's so elastic in function and so unyielding in its near-perfect design.
Read more about the Soft Pad Group's design.
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.
Overall: 34" h x 23" w
Seat Height: 19.75-22.5"
Seat Depth: 16.5"
Max Arm Height: 27.5"
Overall: 34.25" h x 23" w
Seat Height: 20.25-22.25"
Seat Depth: 16.5"
Max Arm Height: 27.5"
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.