Whilst not a catchy name, the Eames 3473 sofa was named after its catalog number and was produced after Herman Miller requested a sofa to ‘follow-up’ the ‘Sofa Compact’. It is quite evident that the earlier sofa was the source of inspiration for this particular piece, however, the ‘3473 Sofa’ was a slightly larger and more luxurious piece.
Constructed from aluminium, iron and plywood, this Eames sofa was heavier than the ‘Sofa Compact’ and did not feature the ‘compact’ capability. The first of the sofas were produced in Naugahyde, with the option of upholstered fabric coming later and leather upon request. It also drew inspiration from the ‘Time-Life’ chair with the use of the single plywood back-rest.
The first production sofas were produced at Herman Miller’s Redwood Avenue Plant in Culver City before it moved to the main factory in Zeeland, Michigan. The detailing required to make the sofa resulted in a long production time which was costly. The sofa ended production in 1973 due to the expense of the production process.
The cushion at the rear of the sofa was sectioned into 3 distinct parts although the construction was one simple piece, unlike the sectional compact sofa which used two separate sections in its construction.
|Seat Height||17"||43.18 cm|
|Cushions||3-inch Urethane Foam with an inch of Dacron finished in Naugahyde Vinyl, Fabric or Leather upon request|