Released as part of the Soft Pad additions to the Alu Group chairs in 1969, the Eames Soft Pad Ottoman was generally intended to be paired with the Soft Pad Lounger or Soft Pad Recliner but was made available separately.
All the Soft Pad Series were initially released in only Black Leather and sat upon the 4 star Universal base. Into the 1970's and the number of leather colors was increased as well as fabric upholstery options introduced.
Whereas the chairs of the Soft Pad series had a base change in 1985 to the 5 star Universal type, the Eames Soft Pad Ottoman remained the same as the additional 5 leg would have served no purpose for an item so small. It has therefore remained consistent and has been in continuous production since it was introduced in 1969.
The Ottoman appears in vintage adverts, catalogs and brochures always as part of a set with the recliner and sometimes the lounge chair of the Soft Pad series. It was however available to buy as a separate option and so we assume it was to give the consumer choice, based on whether they had need, space or budget for all or part of a set. It could also be deployed as a dresser stool, stool or side chair in theory.
The construction of the Eames Soft Pad Ottoman was exactly the same as the ribbed Alu Group Ottoman with literally the extra cushion added and sewn onto the piece. The Soft Pad Cushion filled the entire square of the Original Eames Soft Pad Ottoman and the result was a nice addition to a reclining set and lounge chair.
The model numbers and codes of the Alu Group Series as a whole changed more than once leading to some confusion at times as to which model number a piece actually is. The changes in codes were logical and coincided with design changes. The Soft Pad Ottoman code only changed once, during the re-sizing design change in 1973. Our full classification page details all the model numbers of the Alu Group, but these are the Ottoman here:
|Seat Height||19.75"||50.16 cm|
|Frame||Sand Casted Alu Frame in either Warm Tone, Cool Tone or Eggplant (near black)|
|Upholstery||Leather, Hopsack Fabric, Custom Fabrics|
|Base||Cast Alu 4 Star Universal Base|
|Feet||Nylon Floor Glides|
Black leather Soft Pad Ottoman pictured with second generation Soft Pad Recliner (image courtesy of D Rose Mod)
1970's Herman Miller brochure page detailing the Soft Pad Ottoman alongside the Lounger and Recliner
1970's first generation Soft Pad Recliner and Ottoman set in perfect Tan leather (image courtesy of D Rose Mod)
Soft Pad Ottoman in fantastic condition upholstered in classic black leather (image courtesy of D Rose Mod)