Essentially an adaptation of the original fiberglass plastic arm chair, the Eames EA178 Arm Chair was released to the market in 1971 and was aimed primarily at the workplace market. This versatile design was coded EC178 but soon coined the name ’Loose Cushion Chair’ due to being the only fiberglass chair to have a separate and removable seat cushion.
The 1970’s saw a shift in the focus of Herman Miller towards commercial and workplace orientated furniture. This included re-focus and re-coding of older Eames designs and those created at the time, including the Loose Cushion Arm Chair. The new wave of these commercial minded products was given a product code beginning with EC rather than the old traditional abbreviations.
The chair was sold for a variety of uses including desk work, lobby or conference room use as well as a full tilting and adjustable lounger (coded EC176). Using the ‘universal base’ which was first seen on the Time Life Chair in the early 60s and brought into the Alu Group in 1968, was a first for the plastic series chairs.
The Eames Loose Cushion Arm Chair was made using a new process of fiberglass and urethane foam and fully upholstered in a range of fabrics and vinyls from Herman Miller. The number of shell colors had also been reduced by this period and it was only ever issued in three choices, Dark Tone (Black) Light Neutral (Off White) and Parchment (White).
Other period designs released with the Loose Cushion Chair included the EC430 range of side and EC432 arm work chairs, the EC228 secretarial chair and the EC127 two-piece plastic DCMU. There were no generation changes for this chair design.
|Seat Height||16-18”||40.64-45.72 cm|
|Top||Molded Plastic Zenaloy (fiberglass re-enforced plastic), foam & upholstery|
|Base||Cast Alu Universal Base|
|Feet||Castors or glides|