Eames Soft Pad Management Chair


Designed by Charles and Ray Eames



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Eames Soft Pad Management Chair

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair

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A cushy cousin of the Eames Aluminum Group, the Soft Pad Management Chair shares the sophisticated refined aesthetic of the group. Its clean lines look as fresh today as when this Eames classic was first introduced. With manual lift; available with or without arms.
Eames Soft Pad Management Chair


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Packaging Dimensions:
35.5" x 26" x 26"
Package Weight:
41 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 34"
Arm Height 27.5"
Seat Height 19.75-22.5""
Width 23"
Depth 16.5"


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Like Sitting On a Cloud
Great chair. Images do not do it justice. It is a thing of beauty, and without all kinds of fancy ergonomic gizmos and adjustable features, easily one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat my ample rear in.
August 11, 2017
Stunning chair for any aesthetic "desk-hound"
Just received a new (red!) version of this sumptuous chair. Beautiful manufacturing, amazing leather material, perfect stitching ~ flawless.

And crazily comfortable and supportive right off the bat.

Until you sit in this chair for five minutes, you might not think "a chair" could be worth the price.

Oops, it IS. Not to mention being a work of sculptural art.

Thanks, Herman Miller!
July 27, 2017
A Little Luxury
Business is doing well enough, the kids are off to college. It is time to enjoy a bit of luxury I've earned, starting with a proper chair. The quality of this chair is what you are spending your money on. The softness of the leather, the flawless execution of the beautiful design in the finish of every metal part. The touches of art that turn this otherwise brute of a chair into a true work of art. Thank you Herman Miller for keeping quality alive in American Manufacturing!

When you buy quality, you only cry once.
April 29, 2016
Like sitting in God's hand
Even though all of the Eames chairs are surprisingly comfortable, this chair takes it too a new level. You sink into it and and it feels like a chair made just for you. The leather is soft and beautiful and the workmanship is outstanding. Truly an amazing combination of comfort, beauty and craftsmanship.
July 8, 2015
I'd do it again....
What a wonderfully designed, functional and appealing device. I purchased to both complement a c1961 Herman Miller Desk & Storage System that was recently given to me, as well as provide a comfortable, stable and ergonomic chair for the set. I have not been disappointed!
April 20, 2015
SO Comfortable!
The Eames Soft Pad chair is honestly the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in. I actually wish I could spend more time at my desk sitting on it. The chair is easy to adjust and looks great.
May 8, 2014
Timeless design, practical, most importantly, comfortable always
It could be just another chair in leather and handles by the untrained eye. But even a blind person could tell the difference when one actually puts ones bottom over the Eames Chair.
November 20, 2013
Classy and durable.
I purchased my Eames black leather soft pad chair 35 years ago right out of undergraduate design school and have been sitting in it 4 to 8 hours every day since then. I can't think of another item that I have enjoyed and used so much that has lasted so long.
February 24, 2013

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Can I have plastic coating on arms restored?

My 1960's chair has heavy transparent plastic coating on arms that is chipping off at corners from years of being hit on desks. Can this be restored by sending arms to someone?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2012
Best Answer: We would be happy to help with replacement arms for your Eames Soft Pad Management Chairs. We have Herman Miller authorized dealers located across the country who can assist with replacement parts, and can walk you through how to schedule service for your chair.

To find the location nearest you, please visit: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you would like us to help connect you with one of our authorized dealers, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
Where can I get a replacement insert cushion for my chair (6 years old)?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2012
Best Answer: The leather can be replaced by 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
Does Herman Miller do COL

My client loves the Eames Management Chair but wants a leather not offered on site. Is that possible?
A shopper on Mar 4, 2017
Best Answer: The Herman Miller Customer�s Own Material (COM) and Customer�s Own Leather (COL) program gives you the option of using textiles other than those listed. Herman Miller will test textiles for application to Herman Miller products and will process orders for those with approved COM/COL textiles only. The Herman Miller COM/COL Program is only available through an Authorized Dealer or Retailer. Please copy/paste the Find a Location link below to find the closest location to you for specific pricing and handling:


Should you have any further questions, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Other Colors of Leather

Do you have more color options for leather?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2017
Best Answer: Additional leather options are available through an authorized Herman Miller Dealer.

Please use our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you. http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Desk clearance height for arms on Pneumatic extended lift model

Hello, So I can work out clearance height of the desk for the arms to tuck underneath it, could you please tell me the height range of the arms on the pneumatic extended lift model? And also how far they protrude from the backrest? Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Jan 6, 2017
Best Answer: The Extended Height Pneumatic Height range is from 20.25" to 24.75" from the floor to the top of the armrest. The armrest is 7" above the seat when measured at the back of the seat near the backrest. At the lowest height, the arms will be 27.25" from the floor to the top of the armrest.

The armrest measures 13" from the front to the back of the armrest. The measurement from the front of the backrest to the front of the armrest is 10".

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
I actually prefer the look of the Carpet Casters with Chrome Hood but I have wood floors..Will this still work?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2016
Best Answer: Yes, the carpet casters will still work on hardwood floors.

We recommend the Hard Floor or Carpet Casters for hardwood floors as the casters will offer you traction, noise reduction, and softer material used in the tread to keep the caster going longer while on the harder floor.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
How much yardage of textile does this chair require
A shopper on Apr 28, 2016
Best Answer: The Eames Soft Pad Management chair requires 2.5 yards of material.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Online Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Tilt Positions

Is the eames desk chair when in neutral position, 90 degree erect? no slanting back nor forward while in neutral position. Is there maybe a sheet where we can see the different tilt positions?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2016
Best Answer: In the neutral position, the chair will be in a 90 degree angle, not slanting forward or back. The chair will tilt back as far as 25 degrees. Only the pneumatic version comes with a tilt lock, but none of the Eames Aluminum Group chairs come with a tilt limiter - adjusting the tension will allow you to control the ease at which your chair will recline.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Are material samples available to see before purchase?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2013
Best Answer: We would be happy to send out samples of the materials you're interested in before purchasing.

Give us a call at 888.798.0202 or email us at HMstore@HermanMiller.com with your sample request and we'll start working on it right away.
4pt Base

Was this model chair ever offered by Herman Miller with a 4pt base? If so when was the transition made to and/or from the 5pt? Thanks!
A shopper on Feb 27, 2013
Best Answer: Herman Miller introduced the Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad Management chair in 1958 with a 4-star base. In 1985, we launched the 5-star base on this model and continued to offer both the 4-star and 5-star base option until March 1, 1993. At that time, we discontinued the 4-star base version and only offered the 5-star base. The 5-star base is what we offer on this model today.
On the pneumatic lift model, is it possible to adjust the seat height below the lowest level of the lift?
A shopper on May 14, 2012
Best Answer: There are two different types of pneumatic lifts, standard or extended. For the Standard Pneumatic height range you can adjust your seat height from 20.25" to 22.25". With the Extended Pneumatic height range you can adjust the seat height from 20.25" to 24.75".

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
Does the seat have any markings on it to tell if it's real?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2011
Best Answer: You can distinguish an authentic Eames Soft Pad Management Chair by looking for a fabric tag to be sewn into the cushion under the seat area if your chair was built in 2008 or later. It contains a Herman Miller logo, Eames Office logo and the Eames' signatures. Attached is an image of the tag.

If your chair was built prior to 2008, you should find a Herman Miller sticker in either black or silver under the seat cushion area.