Mid-century Office Chairs

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Mid-Century Office Chairs

With utility at the core of its identity, mid-century modern design is ideal for an office space. Mid-century office chairs embody the clean-lined and fundamentally functional sensibilities of the design style, with an emphasis on comfort and ergonomic design principles.


Mid-century office chair silhouettes are clean yet visually intriguing, featuring curves, angles, and shapes that are as pleasing to look at as they are to sit in. Their seat backs often contour the natural curve of the spine to provide ergonomic comfort and support, ideal for long hours of seated work. Authentic mid-century office chairs are crafted of high-quality materials, resulting in enduring designs that stand the test of time. At Herman Miller, discover authentic mid-century office chairs from notable design duo Charles and Ray Eames.


Mid-Century Modern Desk Chairs

There are a few different types of mid-century modern office chairs to choose from, each with distinct features. Appropriate for offices large and small alike, mid-century modern desk chairs feature a low profile, making this type especially well-suited to home offices and small spaces that can benefit from compact, unobtrusive seating. Often designed with contoured shells that support the back, mid-century desk chairs may be armless or they may have arms for added elbow support. Though they’re usually crafted of molded plastic, molded plywood, or molded fiberglass, authentic mid-century modern task chairs may also be cushioned and upholstered for additional comfort. Mid-century swivel office chairs are ideal for large or collaborative workspaces. This type of mid-century desk chair may also have rolling casters on a five-star base. Complex ergonomic or adjustable features, such as tilt and lumbar support, are less common to mid-century desk chairs.


However, Charles and Ray Eames designed a number of ergonomic office chairs that would make ideal mid-century desk chairs. In molded plastic or fiberglass, the Eames Task Chair is available with or without arms, making it a smart choice for tight spaces. For added comfort, opt for the Eames Task Chair with Seatpad or the Eames Upholstered Task Chair, a fabric-covered take on the iconic Eames Molded Plastic Armchair.


Mid-Century Executive Chairs

Featuring high backs and luxurious cushions, mid-century executive chairs are ideal for office spaces in need of a commanding seat. These combine mid-century style with comfort and ergonomic design principles. Many mid-century executive chairs feature arms (which may also be padded) and are upholstered in durable, high-quality materials, most notably leather. Mid-century leather office chairs offer superior comfort and high style. These mid-century executive chairs are well-suited to WFH setups as their tall seatbacks and quality craftsmanship make for an excellent backdrop for virtual meetings.


At Herman Miller, shop mid-century classics from Charles and Ray Eames, including the Eames Soft Pad Chair, a plush yet refined executive chair with a height adjustment mechanism and swivel capacity. Or choose the executive version of the Eames Aluminum Group Chair, a quietly sophisticated executive chair with impressive ergonomic features.


Mid-Century Lounge & Side Chairs

At Herman Miller, discover mid-century office chairs that go beyond desk seating. For office-appropriate lounge chairs, choose the Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair or Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair, each of which features a comfortably pitched seat and back. The Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair emphasizes clean-lined simplicity, while the Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair brings pillowy comfort to the fore.


For conference rooms, waiting rooms, and office spaces that receive clients and guests, discover mid-century side chairs with streamlined profiles and space-efficient footprints. With its neat lines and armless design, the Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair makes it an ideal addition to any refined office space. If you’d like to prioritize comfort, opt for the Eames Soft Pad Side Chair, a luxuriously comfortable mid-century side chair.

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