Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair


Designed by Charles and Ray Eames



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Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

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A cushy cousin of the Eames Aluminum Group, the Soft Pad Executive Chair shares the group’s sophisticated and refined aesthetic, but with a luxe twist. Its clean, graceful lines look as fresh today as they did when this Eames classic was first introduced. With manual lift.
Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair


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Packaging Dimensions:
42" x 26" x 26"
Package Weight:
42 lbs.
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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

Vinyl Upholstery

For normal cleaning, wash vinyl upholstery with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush lathered with mild, nonabrasive soap and lukewarm water. Before the surface dries, wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residue. This procedure may be repeated to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

Ink spots can sometimes be removed by washing with soap and water followed by isopropyl alcohol.

Do not use any cleaning method that is not listed above, as other methods may attack the vinyl and cause eventual degradation.


For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.

User Adjustments
Total Height 41.5" max
Seat Height 18.25-21.5"
Total Width 23"
Seat Width 21"
Depth 15.5"


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looks bigger than it is
this is a beautiful chair, however the size is very small, especially as an executive chair and compared to the Embody chair I was using before. The seat is not nearly deep enough and the back is not as high either. I am 6'2" and I would not recommend this for every day use versus the embody.
April 19, 2017
This product is of high quality.
The chair is smaller than I imagined. That would be my only complaint.
February 14, 2017
Extremly comfortable, beautiful leather.
This chair is very comfortable and beautifully designed
September 6, 2016
Beautiful chair, low on adjustability
This chair is terrific from an esthetics perspective. Beautiful. However, it lacks in adjustability. The arms lack in height and in volume. They are rather thin and without padding. Further, the seat depth is static, It is on the shallow side. A deeper seat would offer better leg support.
February 29, 2016
Important things you should know
This chair is very expensive. That said, it is gorgeous and the quality of the materials, style and fit and finish are superb. I can't comment on longevity as I just got it.

I bought the chair sight unseen and based my decision on the style/reviews and measurements comparing to my current chair. My experience is that this chair is a little dated/small and not the most comfortable for a person of my size.

I understand that it is a 60 year old design/style but that doesn't mean it can't be updated. I'm a fit 5'11-190 lbs, the chair is marketed as an executive chair, if you workout or are taller than me forget it. I would size this chair at a medium and I am more of a large to XLarge. The depth of the seat should be deeper 2 or 4 inches, the height of the back should be raised and the armrests are less than an inch wide at the curve, 1 1/2" at the back bend and they seem a little off in where they are placed.

Simply put, they just need an updated larger version/option of the same design with more comfortable armrests and I would probably be thrilled.

The sizing and comfort issues are my mistake. I should have sat in the chair before I bought it as was suggested by my salesperson and my wife, but I just assumed based on the marketing, price and reviews that it would be perfect. It is not perfect and I'm surprised that HM hasn't updated this chair to reflect the changing demographics in the US.

I hope this review is helpful and your takeaway is to go sit in one before you buy or wait until HM starts making this chair by size. The style is a work of art and I don't believe the changes I am suggesting will take away from the beauty of the chair.

Anyway - I hope this is helpful as there are very few reviews of this chair to help you make the correct buying decision.
February 15, 2016
Classic Design with Modern Features
I love this chair. The design of the Eames office chairs have always appealed to me and the addition of the soft pad with the pneumatic riser has made it even better.
May 21, 2015
Very uncofortable to sit in, due to the use of a short seat. Can not reccomend it as a working chair, especially for the money,
I love the way the chair looks, and the quality is very good. Unfortunately the seat is too short, which creates an uncomfortable pressure point on your leg at the edge of the seat. I can not recommend the chair to anyone who plans on sitting in it for any length of time while working at a desk.
April 3, 2015
Like it but....
.....the seat feels short, I assume because of the padding which is comfortable. I have other Herman Miller chairs and find they suit me better. I am of average height and weight, so this should be considered when buying.

Otherwise, still love the company.
July 16, 2013

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Can I purchase a pneumatic lift for the chair separately? I purchased one without the lift and it is the wrong height.
A shopper on Nov 20, 2016
Best Answer: Replacement parts can be purchased through any Authorized Dealer in your area. Please use the following link to find the Dealer nearest you - http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you have any further questions, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Where is the chair made?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair is made in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional question at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Caster Hood

It appears that there is no option for having a black hood on the casters for non-carpet scenarios. If one were to configure the chair to have black MCL leather and graphite base and frame, the only thing that wouldn't fit in a noticeable way would be the chrome caster hoods. Is there anyway to switch out the hoods for the nylon casters?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair can be ordered with the BSC Casters (serivce part #U1BDGTC), which are have a soft double-wheel casters with black hoods for hard floors or carpet.

To get the BSC Casters on an Eames Soft Pad or Aluminum Group Chair, please give us a call at 888-798-0202
How much yardage of textile does this chair require
A shopper on Apr 28, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Soft Pad Executive chair requires 3 yards of material.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Online Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Is this chair available with COM leather?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair is available to purchase with COM leather. The order would need to be placed with an Authorized Herman Miller Dealership or with Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com or 800-944-2233). Please use our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you:


Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
How do you extend the height of the chair beyond the 22" (seat height) that is defaulted with the pneumatic lift?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2015
Best Answer: The max height of the Eames Soft Pad Executive chair is 22.25"-inches for both the manual and pneumatic lift. There is no way to extend the height of the cylinder beyond 22.25"-inches.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Fabric options

Is the executive chair available in the Bingo fabrics?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2012
Best Answer: We do not currently offer the Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair with Bingo fabrics. To see swatches for the full material offering, please visit: https://www.hermanmiller.com/CMF/CDA/#pid=275

We offer a wide range of fabrics and leathers that you can select for the chair. You may want to consider one of our leather or MCL leather choices, which is closer to the finish of Bingo than some of our fabrics such as Messenger. If you would like to request swatches of any of the materials, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
What is the height of the arms?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2012
Best Answer: The arms on the Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair are 7 inches from the seat to the top of the arm. If there is anything else we can help with, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.