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Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

 Charles and Ray Eames

A cushy cousin of the Aluminum Group, Soft Pad is a luxurious chair that bears the unmistakable Eames stamp. The Executive chair offers an extra 7 ¼ inches of back height. Now available with new finish colors and materials.

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Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

Timeless Elegance

It's a trick only Charles and Ray Eames could pull off: Chairs designed in 1958 as outdoor seating still look classic and contemporary in 21st century interiors. The chairs are equipped with an innovative suspension that creates a firm, flexible "sitting pocket". It conforms subtly and comfortably to your body's shape.

With an aluminum frame and base, this executive chair is strong yet lightweight and easy to move. Earth-friendly, too: made of 67 percent recycled materials and 90 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life.

Charles and Ray Eames

A major technical achievement.

Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
  • Choose your Materials

    Expanded Options

    We've added a number of new options to let you create the exact chair you want. You can choose leather or fabric upholstery. If you choose leather, you can opt for standard leather or our new premium leather, a semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Color variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time. The new premium leather is available in black and pearl.

    To complement the lighter materials—including white leather—we are also offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with polished aluminum.

  • Innovative Comfort Suspension

    Innovative Comfort Suspension

    Charles and Ray Eames were always concerned about the comfort of their furniture. They stretched a continuous piece of seat-back upholstery tautly between the aluminum side ribs to make a flexible pocket that provides support as you sit. The Executive chair has three upholstered foam cushions on the back and one on the seat.

  • Handy Adjustments

    Handy Adjustments

    Chairs have a 5-star base with tilt-swivel mechanism, manual or optional pneumatic seat-height adjustment, and tilt lock feature.

Chair prototypes

A major technical

Outdoor Seating Comes In

An Industrialist Who Loved Modern Design

Industrialist J. Irwin Miller was born in the small town of Columbus, Indiana, in 1909. A civic-minded man, he set up the Cummins Foundation in 1954 and offered his home town a deal: The Foundation would pay architect fees for new public buildings and would choose the architects. As a result, this town of about 40,000 has buildings by the giants of mid-century modern design—Eero and Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Kevin Roche, and Richard Meier, among others. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects declared the small town the sixth most important in the country in terms of architecture.

Charles and Ray Eames working on prototype chair

A Step Up to Luxury

We began making the Aluminum Group chairs in 1958. In 1969, Charles and Ray extended the design by adding generously plush cushions, creating the Soft Pad line. The chairs' simple lines, innovative use of materials, and suspension comfort have kept the Aluminum Group and Soft Pad chairs among the most popular seating choices for both offices and homes.

Miller home Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

A Challenge to the Eames Team

Among the buildings Eero Saarinen designed in Columbus was Miller's home. Saarinen wanted high-quality seating for outdoor use and asked Charles and Ray Eames to develop it. They constructed their chairs with cast aluminum and a seat frame that would support a stretched synthetic mesh. The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

Aluminum chairs in development Aluminum chairs in development

Their design represented a departure from
the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

Archival photos courtesy of Eames Office LLC

General Dimensions

  • H:1060” max (manual); 1140” max (pneumatic)
  • H:495-570” (manual); 435-510” (pneumatic)
  • W:580"
  • D:380"
Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair

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Care & 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.

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