Herman Miller, Inc., Elevates an Eames Classic with New Height Adjustment Feature

June 07, 2009

Herman Miller is raising to new levels the classic Eames Aluminum Group and Soft Pad Group with a pneumatic height adjustment feature and tilt lock option. Available on the executive and management chair models, the pneumatic lift option greatly increases the ease of height adjustment and range of motion to suit a broader range of seating applications, including work stations and conference rooms.

The pneumatic lift option will be unveiled in Herman Miller's third floor showroom during the NeoCon World's Trade Fair at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, June 15-17, 2009.

"The Eames Aluminum Group is a sophisticated and timeless collection of seating solutions, which now, with the pneumatic lift option, can easily adapt to the individual needs of our customers," says Marg Mojzak, director, Herman Miller for the Home.

The Eames Aluminum Group chairs are best known for their simple profiles, innovative use of materials, and suspension comfort. Introduced by Herman Miller in 1958, the Eames Aluminum Group was Charles and Ray Eames' response to the need for high-quality indoor-outdoor furniture. They extended the original design in 1969 by adding plush cushions, which led the introduction of the Soft Pad Group. A mechanical lift is original to the design and remains standard both on the executive and management chair models.

"The Eames Office played a key role in advancing the addition of the pneumatic lift," adds product manager Gregg Vanderkooi, Herman Miller for the Home. "By evolving the design with the pneumatic lift, we're hoping to raise the profile of the Eames Aluminum Group in a variety of spaces and spur new appreciation for classic design."

The Eames Aluminum Group and Soft Pad Group may be purchased through Herman Miller's dealer and retail network, which is listed at www.hermanmiller.com/buy. The pneumatic lift option is available for an additional list price of $140.

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