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Eames for Herman Miller Dark Gray Leather Office Chair Aluminum Group Soft Pad
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
This authentic Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height gray leather office chair from
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

1999 Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad Executive Desk Chair in Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eames Aluminum Group Executive-Height Soft Pad Desk Chair, originally designed by
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1990s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1970s Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Pad Lounge Chair in Leather Model EA216
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad Lounge Chair, model EA216, produced by Herman Miller in
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

C. 1988 Herman Miller Aluminum Group Lounge Chair with Ottoman in Black Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an original C. 1988 production Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad reclining lounge chair and
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Herman Miller Brown Leather Desk Chair Soft Pad 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
tag to underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Herman Miller Eames Dark Brown Leather Desk Chair Soft Pad
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs available for sale
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Midcentury Eames for Herman Miller Mid-Century High Back Aluminum Group Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
is thicker and softer then other aluminum group chairs and aluminum group soft pad chairs. In
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
tag to underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Original Mid Century Black Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs available for sale
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Desk Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs available for sale
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
tag to underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
tag to underside. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Black Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
. NOTE: We have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs available for sale
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Up to 30 Eames for Herman Miller High Back Leather Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
black leather that is thicker and softer then other aluminum group chairs and aluminum group soft pad
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

2000s Eames Herman Miller Orange Brown Leather Office Chair Mid Century
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
Aluminum Group line. This soft pad management height chair features gorgeous mustard orange-brown colored
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Cream Leather Office Chair by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
have additional Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad and Thin Pad chairs available for sale, including a
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Ea 208 Soft Pad Alu Group Office Chairs, Vitra
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Renens, CH
The Aluminum group chairs by Charles & Ray Eames are one of the most important designs of the 20th
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Ea 208 Soft Pad Alu Group Office Chairs, Vitra
Ea 208 Soft Pad Alu Group Office Chairs, Vitra
H 31.89 in W 20.87 in D 23.23 in
Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Aluminum Leather Desk Chair, 1990
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Naples, IT
Beautiful and elegant Mod. "Soft Pad" Eames desk/office executive chair with soft padding from the
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1990s Central American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

2005 Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Aluminum Executive Desk Chair in Blue Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eames Aluminum Group Executive-Height Soft Pad Desk Chair, originally designed by
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Ten EA 208 Eames Tan Leather Soft Pad All Group Office Chairs by Vitra
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Dronten, NL
The Aluminum Group chairs by Charles & Ray Eames are among the most important designs of the 20th
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Early 2000s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Chairs
By Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
Designed as part of the iconic Aluminum Group, this low-back, side chair has the same
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Vintage 1950s American Craftsman Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Chairs
By Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
luxuriously padded chair evolved from their Aluminum Group Collection. With the addition of plush seat cushion
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Vintage 1950s American Craftsman Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Midcentury Soft Pad Chair White Leather Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are these authentic Eames for Herman Miller vintage soft pad chair in white
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Classic 1980's Soft Pad Chair with Leather and Wool Back Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this authentic Eames for Herman Miller vintage soft pad chairs in brown
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

2000s Eames Herman Miller Gray Leather Office Chairs Aluminum Group
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
These original Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Height textured gray leather desk chairs
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

2001 Eames Herman Miller Black Leather Desk Chairs Aluminum Group
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
Group line. This set of 4 soft pad management height chairs feature black leather upholstery, polished
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

2004 Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Executive Desk Chairs in Tan Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eames Aluminum Group Executive-Height Soft Pad Desk Chair, originally designed by
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

2005 Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Executive Desk Chairs In Tan Leather
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eames Aluminum Group Executive-Height Soft Pad Desk Chair, originally designed by
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Charles & Ray Eames Herman Miller Black Leather "Soft Pad" Lounge Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
the pinnacle of the Herman Miller Aluminum Group family of seating. This pair is not only of the
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Up to (5) Mid-Century Brown Soft Pad Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this authentic Eames for Herman Miller vintage soft pad chairs in dark
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Soft Pad Office Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, US, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Antwerp, BE
for the Irwin Miller home, the Soft Pad Group retains the structural integrity of its predecessor
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1990 Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Executive Desk Chair w Dark Postmodern Fabric
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
) 1990 production Herman Miller Eames aluminum group executive high back desk chair, designed by Ray and
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1990s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

1985 Fabric Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Executive High Back Desk Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a vintage Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group executive soft pad desk chair. This
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Reclining Executive Office Chair - One Piece, 1980s
By Herman Miller
Located in Basel, BS
pad Executive Lounge or Office chair from the 1980s!! Chrome, Wool, vintage aluminum group, Metal
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Brown Leather Office Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller 2000s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
Group line. These soft pad management height chairs feature gorgeous brown colored leather upholstery
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Bespoke Charles & Ray Eames Smoke Blue Leather EA219 Desk Chair
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Dronten, NL
The models EA 217 and EA 219 are the office swivel chairs in the Soft Pad Group by Charles and Ray
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2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid Century Black Leather Desk Chair by Eames for Herman Miller, 2001
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
Group line. This soft pad management height chair features black leather upholstery, polished aluminum
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Mid Century Black Leather Office Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller, 2001
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
Group line. This set of 2 soft pad management height chairs feature black leather upholstery, polished
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Aluminum, Steel

Herman Miller ES102 Intermediate Chair Design Charles & Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Offenburg, Baden Wurthemberg
production ended due to high manufacturing costs and the Soft-pad edition of the Aluminum group chair was
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Herman Miller ES102 Intermediate Chair Design Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Offenburg, Baden Wurthemberg
Aluminum group chair was launched. „Intermediate“ literally meant in the midst of the Aluminium Group and
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Deep purple Authentic Charles Ray Eames Armchairs by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of mid century modern soft Pad Management Lounge chairs from the Aluminium Group Collection
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Stunning EA217 Eames Chair In "White Snow" Leather By Vitra
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
construction and shape, the Soft Pad Chairs are similar to the design of the Aluminium Group. However, their
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Early 2000s Swiss Other Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set Of Four EA217 Eames Chairs In "White Snow" Leather By Vitra
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
construction and shape, the Soft Pad Chairs are similar to the design of the Aluminium Group. However, their
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Early 2000s Swiss Other Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather

Stunning EA217 Eames Chair In "White Snow" Leather By Vitra
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
construction and shape, the Soft Pad Chairs are similar to the design of the Aluminium Group. However, their
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Early 2000s Swiss Other Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Stunning EA217 Eames Chair In "White Snow" Leather By Vitra
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
construction and shape, the Soft Pad Chairs are similar to the design of the Aluminium Group. However, their
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Early 2000s Swiss Other Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

1990s Leather Soft Pad Desk Chair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
1990s Aluminium Group soft pad desk chair by Herman Miller. Arm H 24.5".
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1990s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Group of Two Easy Soft Pad Chairs EA 222 + One Stool 223
By Jean-Pierre Vitrac, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, DE
base at the two chairs. Base coated dark brown basic aluminium with adjustable tilt mechanism
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad High-back Lounge Chair (PAIR)
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Portland, OR
Aluminum Group lounge, the Soft Pad adds comfy cushions for extra lounge factor.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Espresso Leather Eames Soft Pad Executive Lounge Chair by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in North Wollongong, New South Wales
The clean, contemporary Silhouette of this iconic soft pad lounge/desk chair for Herman Miller is a
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Contract Table by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Porto, PT
developed a universal base, whose form strongly resembles the bases of the soft pad group, while the
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Aluminum

Vintage Brown Leather Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Aluminium Group Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Beautiful vintage dark brown leather soft pad aluminium group chair designed by Charles and Ray
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Vintage 1970s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Herman Miller Aluminum Group Soft Pad Chair and Ottoman from 1982
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Herman Miller Aluminum Group soft pad chair and ottoman dated 1982. Fabric is worn in areas.
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Vintage 1980s Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group Soft Pad Desk Chairs [Four Available]
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Houston, TX
Gorgeous modern soft pad executive desk chairs with a high back and on casters designed by Charles
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Vintage 1960s Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Eames Soft Pad Aluminum Group Office Chair
Located in New York, NY
Eames Aluminum group soft pad "Executive" low back desk chair for Herman Miller, designed 1958
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Soft Pad Aluminium Group Chair with Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A dark brown leather Eames aluminium group soft pad adjustable height, swiveling and rocking chair
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Late 20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A black leather Eames Aluminum group soft pad executive chair with early rolling base and aluminum
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Vintage 1960s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair
Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair
H 42 in W 22 in D 19.5 in
Eames for Herman Miller High Back Aluminum Group Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
group chairs and aluminum group soft pad chairs. Authentic Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

FOUR CHARLES EAMES
Located in Chicago, IL
EAMES for Herman Miller, Set of Five, Three-cushion, Swivel Aluminum Group Soft Pad lounge chairs
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Vintage 1960s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

FOUR CHARLES EAMES
FOUR CHARLES EAMES
H 34.25 in W 24.75 in D 29.25 in
2012 Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Soft Pad Desk Chairs Black 6+ Avail
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Herman Miller Eames aluminum group soft pad management desk chair in black
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2010s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Eames Time Life Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
the late 1990s. Different then the aluminum group / soft pad chairs, this chair is the most luxurious
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Eames Time Life Chairs
Midcentury Eames Time Life Chairs
H 38.5 in W 26.5 in L 38.5 in
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Aluminum Group Soft Pad For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal aluminum group soft pad for your home. Frequently made of metal, aluminium and animal skin, every aluminum group soft pad was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without an aluminum group soft pad — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right aluminum group soft pad, those designed in mid-century modern and modern styles are of considerable interest. Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller and Charles Eames each produced at least one beautiful aluminum group soft pad that is worth considering.

How Much is a Aluminum Group Soft Pad?

The average selling price for an aluminum group soft pad at 1stDibs is $3,242, while they’re typically $700 on the low end and $9,900 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right office-chairs-desk-chairs for You

An essential part of every office or home workstation, office chairs and desk chairs are critically important to your comfort and getting the job done.

Desk chairs have evolved over time. While writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson pined for a wider range of motion and introduced some improvements to his English-style Windsor chair, inventing the swivel chair along the way. So the next time you roll, recline or swivel at your vintage desk, remember: The third president of the United States had a lot to do with that functionality.

Changes in the availability of resources have also led to innovations in desk chair design. After World War II, for example, optimistic American designers made use of wartime materials in their efforts to create practical domestic goods.

Mid-century modernism is the name given to the broad postwar time period that prioritized thoughtful design. Journalist Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” cites “ergonomic wisdom” as part of the reason for the longevity of the era’s furnishings, and when it comes to sitting in a desk chair for hours at a time, what could be more important than ergonomic support?

As mid-century modernism was marked by resourcefulness and boundless creativity — and produced designers who, in most cases, prioritized comfort and support — it follows that all mid-century chairs are not the same. Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than at Herman Miller. The legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer got its start in the office, with design director George Nelson enlisting the likes of Charles and Ray Eames to produce desk chairs and lounge chairs that are still celebrated today. Elsewhere at the time, the numerous pieces Florence Knoll created for Knoll’s office furniture line were envisioned as design solutions for the changing needs of residential and office spaces.

If you’re working remotely and streamlined seating isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid of making a statement with your office chair. Introduce a touch of drama to your video calls by way of 19th-century desk accessories and the alluring forms we typically associate with antique desk chairs designed in the Empire and Regency styles. For a minimalist touch, a spare, utilitarian Industrial-style office chair can work in any space but will fit in particularly well amid the exposed brick and steel architecture that characterizes a loft apartment.

An inspiring home office cleverly mixes materials and styles to create a welcoming place of productivity and comfort, and if you’re gathering with colleagues at your company HQ, an array of wood, leather and metal office chairs can help integrate disparate textures in a conference room or any other collaborative space. On 1stDibs, explore a diverse collection of office and desk chairs today.