Timeless elegance meets innovative comfort with Eames Soft Pad chairs. Classic design for the modern world. Explore expanded options.

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  • Category
    Office Chairs
  • Range
    Herman Miller
  • Brand
    Herman Miller
  • Designer
    Charles and Ray Eames
Specifications
  • Sophisticated, refined, with a graceful silhouette. 
  • The cushier cousins of the Eames Aluminium Group bear the same distinctive stamp of Charles and Ray Eames. 
  • Soft Pad chairs are available with new colours, materials, and bases that let them sit well in homes and offices. 
  • Timeless Elegance:  
    • It's uncanny. A chair designed in 1958 as outdoor seating still manages to look both classic and contemporary in 21st-century interiors. 
    • The chairs' clean, trim lines make them appropriate for all kinds of places, from classic and contemporary homes to elegant offices to hip startups.   
  • Expanded Options:  
    • New options for this classic seating group expand your choices. 
    • New leather colours, finishes, and a 4-star base let you create Soft Pad chairs that work beautifully in your dining room as well as in workspaces.   
  • If you choose leather, you can opt for our contract-grade or our new MCL Leather, a premium, semi-aniline, dyed leather with 100 percent natural full grain. Colour variations and surface marks are an inherent characteristic of this material, which will acquire wrinkles and creases and develop a rich patina over time. 
  • To complement lighter materials, we are offering powder coat finishes on the base and frame in white and graphite satin, along with traditional polished aluminium. And we are reintroducing the 4-star base on chairs with glides. Chairs with casters have a 5-star base. 
  • Innovative Comfort:  
    • Not to favor style over substance, Charles and Ray Eames gave both chair designs an innovative suspension that creates a firm, flexible "sitting pocket" that conforms subtly to the body's shape. 
    • They created that suspension by stretching a continuous piece of seat-back upholstery tautly between lightweight aluminium side ribs. 
    • The foam cushions of Soft Pad chairs will not flatten or clump over time. 
    • Pneumatic lift and tilt lock are available as options on the management and executive models.   
  • Durability:  
    • With one-piece, curved aluminium side ribs and die-cast aluminium base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move.  
Design Story

Aluminium 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.
Known for their honest use of materials, the Eameses constructed their chairs with cast aluminium and a seat frame meant to support a stretched synthetic mesh. The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell.

We began making the Aluminium Group chairs in 1958. In 1969, the Eameses extended the original design by adding plush, individually upholstered cushions. They named these the Soft Pad chairs. The chairs' simple lines, innovative use of materials, and suspension comfort have kept them among the most popular seating choices for both offices and homes for more than 50 years.

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Unison is recognised as one of New Zealand market’s leading quality providers of interior commercial furniture and lighting.

Our aim is to provide design led, future proofed, quality, commercial products from world renown suppliers; to help customers create healthy, fun, collaborative, flexible and engaging environments.

We aim to help businesses create a workplace which will:

  • Enhance the wellbeing and health of the workforce
  • Attract and retain top employees
  • Enhance collaboration, innovation and productivity
  • Improve bottom line performance

We view the workplace as an “evolution” and never a one-time event, and recognise the importance of offering flexible quality solutions within a range of products and services, allowing our customer’s investment to evolve along with their business strategy.

With over 25 years of experience in the field and access to the world’s leading products, the team behind Unison bring with them the skills, knowledge and passion to help create spaces that drive productivity and long-term value.  Unison works in partnership with you on every aspect of your project from planning through to specifying, delivery and after sales support.

We’ve worked with businesses of all sizes and their A&D firms to understand, plan, design, develop, and build great workplaces.

And we recognise the importance of providing exceptional customer service so at we are focused on operational excellence and an enhanced customer experience.

“Research confirms what we know from common sense: a happy and healthy workplace leads to contented, productive staff, improved attraction and retention, stronger financial performance, faster growth, and an effective competitive edge”.

In Unison with Suppliers

Unison has exclusive distribution agreements in New Zealand with a range of world-leading international furniture manufacturers, so we can provide businesses with the right furnishing solution that best fits their needs.

The team at Unison have many years of experience working with leading suppliers, both locally and internationally.  From international manufacturers such as Herman Miller, Walter Knoll, Palau, Howe, Segis, Billiani and Muuto, through to local custom manufacturing solutions.

These manufacturers specialise in their respective niches and produce the best options available in the market, this includes:

Herman Miller – workstations, ergonomic seating, meeting room tables, classic designs – Eames, Nelson.

Walter Knoll – extensive soft-seating range German designed but manufactured in Australia.

Muuto - affordable luxury - a complete collection of Scandinavian furniture and lighting

Palau – World leading manufacturer of collaborative solutions and acoustic booths..

Howe – famous 40/4 chair and elegant demountable boardroom room tables

Segis and Billiani   – all offer collections of beautifully designed mixed material products for café and contract spaces.