In 1969, the Eameses updated the original Mid-Century classic Eames Aluminum Group chair designs by adding plush, individually upholstered 2-in. thick cushions; they named these the Eames Soft Pad chairs. With a similarly timeless, refined design to the Aluminum Group, the Soft Pad edition works well in your home office, dining area or living room. Available in leather or an airy, breathable mesh fabric, with a polished aluminum frame and tilt-swivel base, the chairs are uber-comfortable strong, lightweight and easy to move.
The comfort design goals of the Aluminum Group chairs were achieved by stretching one continuous piece of upholstery tightly between the aluminum side supports to create a firm, flexible “sitting pocket” that responds to each person’s shape with remarkably comfortable results. The same goals applied to the Soft Pad Group construction, along with thicker cushions. Other important features include:
- Tilt/swivel mechanism in 5-star base
- Wide, ergonomic seat
- Manual or optional pneumatic seat-height adjustment
- Upholstered in Spinneybeck® Vicenza leather or Cygnus mesh upholstery
The distinctive aesthetic of the Soft Pad chairs is offered in five styles: The Soft Pad Side Chair is a meeting or side chair, with fixed seat height and 5 star swivel base on glides, intended for relatively static environments. The Soft Pad Management Chair is essentially the same chair shell as the side chair, but with the addition of gas lift height adjustment, and can be used with casters or glides. The Soft Pad Executive Chair is simply a higher backed version of the management chair and is also offered as a Lounge chair with ottoman.
Recognized as one of the greatest chair designs of the 20th century, the instantly recognizable Eames Aluminum Group and Soft Pad chairs still look both classic and contemporary in 21st century interiors.