Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Ottoman, Fabric
by Charles and Ray Eames
Few seating options are as inviting as the Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair and matching ottoman. With its matching design, the Eames Soft Pad Ottoman will provide the perfect addition to your Eames Lounge Chair. The Ottoman, like other pieces in the Eames Soft Pad Collection, features a lightweight aluminum frame that supports 2"-thick upholstered foam cushions, all resting on half-inch glides for use on hard floors or carpet. This Soft Pad Ottoman from Herman Miller also features fabric upholstery that will fit seamlessly with your soft pad lounge chair.
19.75" h x 21.5" w x 21.5"d
Eames Soft Pad Ottoman can also be purchased with the Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair.
See the entire Eames Soft Pad Chair collection.
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.
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.
The Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Group Ottoman is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EA423.
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 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 Lounge Chair is the only piece of furniture in the series that was clearly meant for home use. It's a lounge chair, and so of course it's not quite right for the office (or at least most types of offices). It comes with an ottoman, which isn't something you'll see very much of in an office environment. It also comes already tilted back and ready for relaxation, with a super-long back chock full of comfy, attractively upholstered padding, and with a lovely little ottoman where the user can put their feet up and do pretty much whatever they want at the moment. This is a chair meant for watching the game and eating some food, for reading and relaxing, for having quiet moments both at the beginning and at the end of the day. It's a chair for quick little naps and long naps, for any and all leisure activities, a chair to watch movies and TV in. It's a lounge chair, one of the latest in a long line of amazing lounge furniture created by Charles and Ray Eames and sold by Herman Miller and Smart Furniture. The lounge chair is a one of a kind piece of furniture. It's slim but it's very solid and cushy. It's long but it isn't a recliner really. It comes with an ottoman, but it's comfortable enough and simple enough that it almost seems like an affectation (we said almost). This is a chair that will last for a very long time in your home, because it's so comfortable, it's so attractive, it's so durable, and because it's a product from the Office Charles and Ray Eames, and that makes it of real historical significance. This is a great lounge chair that fits into nearly any environment; why shouldn't that environment be your own home, your own living room or den?
In the home, this is a chair that clearly belongs in the rooms where leisure happens. That means the family room, the living room or den. Whatever name the room goes by, the Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair and Ottoman belongs there. It facilitates relaxation and comfort, makes a real but subtle statement within a room, and makes itself readily available for all types of leisure activity. It's museum quality, but it's not a museum piece; lounge chairs aren't really meant for gentle use, and this one is no exception. Of course, you can always get creative and find new places to put this chair. It's good for certain types of bedrooms, and of course it's great for well covered outdoor areas, like screened in porches. You can lie back and just watch the unfolding of nature before you.
This isn't a chair meant for the office, and there aren't really any great places for it to go in that arena. Perhaps in certain types of waiting rooms and large offices it could work, but in general, its place is in the home.
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.
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.
Materials & Measurements
Lightweight aluminum frame with 2"-thick upholstered foam cushions.Dimensions:
Overall: 19.75" h x 21.5" w x 21.5" dUpholstery 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