A sleek and extremely modern design. The ‘Sofa Compact’ is an armless, narrow (in terms of its cushion depth) and very versatile sofa inspired by the built-in sofa the Eames’s designed for their own home.
The design we now know began with a wire frame prototype in 1951 but, due to the labor involved, proved too costly and time-consuming to put into production until 3 years later when the ‘Sofa Compact’ was born.
The futuristic design also featured a ‘collapsible’ backrest to make it easier to ship the sofa and to store it. It was made available in a wide range of vinyl, leather and cloth fabric finishes which made much use of Alexander Girard’s own designs produced for Herman Miller.
The design was liked by the Eames’ so much they used one in the front office of the Venice Studio and in their home – placed close to its early ancestor, the built-in version. The sofa was also one of the final ‘low-cost’ pieces produced by the Eames office and was also one of the final pieces designed at a time when furniture was still the Office’s main concern.
Since 1982 the compact sofa was still shipped flat but with 'one-way' screws which essentially locked the sofa upright once connected. This decision was made for safety concerns and frustrated owners that could not flatten the piece for moving or storage. Owners have often sought to replace the one way screws with the older Phillips type for this reason. The sofa has been made without interruption since 1954.
|Seat height||16"||40.64 cm|
|Frame||Black Enameled Steel Frame|
|Legs||Chrome Finished Steel|
|Cushions||Urethane Foam enclosed in a choice of Vinyl, Leather or Fabric|