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Soft Pad Management Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed & Dated

$2,400

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This sought after and in-demand black leather desk chair is the classic 'Soft Pad Management Chair' from the aluminum group line, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Featuring the original vintage black leather upholstery over five-star polished aluminum base with casters and frame. This office task chair is in great vintage condition with light patina and age and is extremely high quality with phenomenal materials and construction that you would expect from Herman Miller. The polished aluminum frame is lightweight making this chair easy to relocate. The chair's height can be adjusted and tilt adjusted as well via mechanisms underneath the seat and also possesses a paper label from Herman Miller and a stamped manufacturing date located underneath the seat. The date is difficult to read as it has worn off a bit but it appears to either be from the 1980s or 1990s making it an earlier production example and great for collectors or interior designer clients. This iconic swivel desk chair with its graceful silhouette and clean lines make it appropriate for a number of locations, from Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern to Classic and contemporary homes to elegant executive offices to hip startups. 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 Eameses accepted. APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS: Height: 32" to 34" (adjustable) Width: 23" Depth: 25"   Seat Height: 20" to 22" (adjustable) Seat Depth: 16.5" Arm Height: 25.5" to 27.5" (adjustable) CONDITION: Very good vintage condition with light wear and patina. The vintage examples of the Soft Pad chair, like this one, usually have much more wear from use but this one was a well cared for example. Light wear on the leather and light wear on the frame and arms, sturdy and sound - ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles Eames (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer),Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Depth: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Seat Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1990
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition with light wear and patina. See description for more details. Ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221430742

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture ever.


Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company — named for its chief financial backer — began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D.J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences.  After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.


Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on 1stDibs, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless — staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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