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Charles Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Swivel Lounge Chairs, 1970s, Signed

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Incredible black leather on this set of five (5) early year production, very collectible, Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller high-back executive soft pad swivel lounge chairs. The light aging to the leather provides a soft patina that is so attractive and adds greater complexity to the color. These collectors examples, while on casters, are positioned in a slightly reclined lounge position. These would be great to use opposite side of a desk as guest chairs, or with a meeting table or lounge space. The casters can easily be removed and replaced with feet if you wish them to be stationary swivel chairs. Note: We had a set of five, two have sold so we now have three (3) left of these gorgeous executive swivel lounge chairs, and they are priced individually. They are a matching set sans one chair which has slightly different casters however is not much of a variant so can still be used within the larger set. These renowned soft pad executive task chairs from the Soft Pad line, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Originally the Aluminum Group chairs were designed in 1958 and then in 1969 the Eames upgraded the design with soft padded cushions with the new name of the "Soft Pad Collection". Featuring the original vintage leather upholstery over four-star aluminum base and frame on casters. The aluminum swivel frames are lightweight making these chairs easy to relocate. These iconic executive soft pad lounge chairs with their graceful silhouette and clean lines make them appropriate for a number of locations from Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern to Classic and contemporary homes to elegant executive or management offices to hip start-ups. Consider for both residential and commercial projects such as a boutique hotel or lobby lounge to a creative studio and more. Taken from Herman Miller's website: Aluminum Group chairs began as a Challenge among legendary designers. Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard were designing the Columbus, Indiana, home of J. Irwin Miller, founder of Cummins Engines. They wanted a high-quality seating product for outdoor use and asked Charles and Ray Eames to develop one. The Eames’s accepted. Measurements: H 37" x W 24.5" x D 29" Seat height 20" Seat depth 19" Arm height 24.25" Condition: Good vintage condition with attractive light leather patina, ready to be used immediately. Arms have peeling of the lacquered top coat that was originally applied over the aluminum. These are early production examples and often collectors prefer to keep the patina on the arms so we have left it this way but this can be buffed and polished to remove the top coat and give the aluminum frames a soft gloss or matte finish if desired.

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About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.


As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.


Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.


His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.


The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.


The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their Wire chair group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful La Chaise. In 1956 the Eames lounge chair and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.


Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

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