Herman Miller Eames 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 so intentionally, 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 80" 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.
- MCL Leather
Italian by birth, MCL has a soft hand and natural touch with great performance; and it's easy on the earth. It will show more wrinkles over time and wear well. Avoid high-wear applications that require high cleanability and those which expose the leather to direct sunlight. It has a medium grain and shine and is a nice upgrade from the standard leather for the price.
The Herman Miller Eames Sofa is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: ES108, ES108OT, ES108OU.
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2"-thick upholstered foam cushions and a polished chrome-plated frame with nylon glides. Back panels are hand-finished solid walnut or teak.
Overall: 33" h x 80" w x 30" d
Seat height: 16.5"