Herman Miller Eames Two-Seat Sofa
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
With its emphasis on beautiful materials and simplified forms, the Eames leather sofa exemplifies the best in modern furniture design. Its angled profile and clean lines showcase a harmonious combination of rich walnut, soft leather and polished aluminum. Equally fitting for the contemporary home or office, it's a luxurious place to settle back and relax.
The Eames sofa was the last piece of furniture produced by the Eames Office, which completed the design after Charles Eames died in 1978. It went into production in 1984 and has been manufactured by Herman Miller ever since.
Charles and Ray Eames designed the sofa to complement their plush soft pad chairs and the sleek chaise. It stands as a graceful reminder of the honest genius of Charles and Ray Eames.
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What's To Like:
Our first opportunity to sit on the Eames Sofa was notable for several reasons. First: we had never sat on a sofa that was so refined, so beautifully proportioned. Second: it's a leather sofa, and we didn't slide off! The Eames Sofa is angled so that the sitter comfortably slides back into a supported position with weight distributed between the back and seat. Third: you'd never be able to tell that the sofa's foam is only 2" thick. It feels like you're sitting on a cloud. And Fourth: just the act of sitting on such a nice sofa, with the knowledge that it was worth a lot of money and was made with so much intentionality, put us in the mood for a glass of wine and a good book.
What's Not to Like:
Well, we'd be silly if we didn't acknowledge that the Eames Sofa is an expensive piece of furniture. That, and the fact that your grandmother might find it hard to get out of the sitting pocket created by the sofa's backward tilt, are the only things we can think of that can be negatives.
The Bottom Line:
The Eames Sofa is beautiful, richly appointed, and an icon of the mid-century modern era. It's immediately recognizable for the enduring quality of its design, and will be an heirloom-quality feature anywhere you put it. Not only that, but the Eames Sofa is full-blown comfortable. It's easy to find recognizable designs that aren't comfortable - but this one was obviously designed by its future users with beauty and comfort in mind.
- Overall: 33" h x 56" w x 30" d
- 16.5" seat height
- The back of the Eames Sofa is made of solid walnut or teak
- Frame and back panels are polished smooth and hand finished with gunstock oil
- Seat cushions rest on a fabric-reinforced rubber webbing for comfortable body support
- Seat and back cushions are 2-inch-thick foam
- Seat cushion bottoms are covered in ventilating nylon fabric
- Made from top quality leather, the seat, back, and arm cushion upholstery has a supple feel
- Legs and arm supports are brightly polished die-cast aluminum
- Steel braces for extra strength finish the Eames Sofa
- Stock Leather
Chromium free and from Austria this stock Herman Miller leather is a winner for most. With a matte, soft feel this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items.
- Open Line Leather
Austrian by birth, yours by choice. Open Line leather is closest to the stock Herman Miller leathers but available in a wider array of colors.
- Dream Cow Leather
With a gentle calfskin grain (it's not calfskin though, its European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. This is a leather of great versatility, perfect when Royal Hide is out of budget, but where the look is wanted.
- Metallic Dream Cow Leather
A gentle calfskin grain (again, not calfskin but European full grain aniline dyed cowhide), infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Updated, offbeat, moody colors.
The Herman Miller Eames Sofa is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: ES110, ES110OT, ES110OU.
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2 1/2-inch-thick molded urethane foam, upholstered in fabric. Seat cushion support is fabric-reinforced rubber webbing on a steel and wire-spring armature. Steel frame in black enamel with tubular, chrome-plated steel legs. Stainless steel glides with rubber base.
Overall: 33" h x 56" w x 30" d
Seat height: 16.5"
Chromium free and in stock at Herman Miller, standard leather is a winner for most. Direct from Austria with a matte, soft feel, this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items. It has a faint embossed grain pattern and little shine.
Open Line Leather
This Austrian leather is essentially the same as the standard leather, but is available in a wider array of colors. It also has a light embossed grain and is matte in finish.
Dream Cow Leather
A gentle European full grain aniline-dyed cowhide with a calfskin feel, this leather is soft and comes in many great colors to accent your decor. Dream cow is very popular, it has a natural grain and medium shine and is similar to Royal Hide without the price.
Metallic Dream Cow Leather
Metallic is right. This leather is infused with metals and soft shine, on cowhide for huge versatility. Features offbeat, moody colors with a shimmer to them.
The team started anew in the late 1970s and completed this design just after Charles Eames's death in 1978. Herman Miller began production in 1984 and has manufactured the sofa ever since. It stands as a graceful reminder of the honest genius of the Eameses.