Scandinavia Design

without castor (EA205, EA207, EA208)
or with castors (EA217, EA219)

design Charles & Ray Eames, 1969

Charles & Ray Eames designed the Soft Pad in 1969. Aesthetically similar to the Aluminum Group of 1958 (see here and here), but with generously padded seat, the Soft Pad Group can be considered as an opulent and luxurious version of the Aluminum Group.

The cushions are always covered with leather. The structure is available in polished aluminum, chromed or black epoxy coated. As with the Aluminum Group, the Soft Pad seat is stretched over the metal structure to allow it to adapt to the person using it and thus provide exceptional comfort.

Soft Pad are available with or without armrests. The backrest is available in low and high versions. The base can be fitted with casters and a gaz lift to adjust the height.

 For many years, Vitra has been producing Soft Pad armchairs with a constant concern for quality. The whole family benefits from an exceptional 30-year guarantee.

Soft Pad without castor – EA205, EA207, EA208

Backrest & seat chair with medium-high backrest. Three sewn-on cushions with polyurethane foam upholstery in leather. Side profiles and spreaders in die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black.

Armrests die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black

Base four-star base in die-cast aluminium, with a polished finish (sateen), chrome-plated finish (high gloss) or powder-coated in deep black

Seat height each model is available in two different heights, 40 and 43 cm


without armrest
fixed base


with armrest
fixed base


with armrest
swivel base

Soft Pad with castors – EA217, EA2019

Backrest & seat upholstered with high-frequency wel-ded horizontal ribbing in Hopsak, Leather or Premium Leather 

Armrests die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black

Base five-star base in die-cast aluminium, with a polished or chrome-plated finish or powder-coated in deep black – soft castors for hard floors or hard castors for soft floors – adjustable height

Seating mechanism adjustable backward tilt, lockable in the forward position – swiveling – continuous seat height adjustment with gas spring


middle backrest
swivel base
height adjustable


hight backrest
swivel base
height adjustable

free leather samples

(against deposit)

95 €

Standard leather

The standard Vitra leather is a robust cowhide leather with a homogeneous grain, dyed and pigmented with graining. Wear resistant and easy to maintain, it can also be used in office environments.

Premium leather

Premium leather is a relatively smooth cowhide leather with a flat grain and a slightly shiny surface. It is tinted and lightly pigmented. Semi-aniline leather is soft to the touch.

EA205/207/208 with seat height 40 cm

EA205/207/208 with seat height 43 cm


Charles & Ray Eames

Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and assumed a teaching position in the design department the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" organized by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook.

Ray Eames, born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940.

Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable. However, the war interrupted their work, and Charles and Ray turned instead to the design and development of leg splints made of plywood, which were manufactured in large quantities for the US Navy. In 1946, they exhibited their experimental furniture designs at MoMA. The Herman Miller Company in Zeeland, Michigan, subsequently began to produce Eames furniture. Charles and Ray participated in the 1948 'Low-Cost Furniture' competition at MoMA, and they built the Eames House in 1949 as their own private residence. In addition to their work in furniture design and architecture, they also regularly turned their hand to graphic design, photography, film and exhibition design.

In 1957 Vitra signed a licence agreement with Herman Miller and began producing the Eameses' designs for Europe and the Middle East. Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra. It was the encounter with their work that spurred the company's beginnings as a furniture manufacturer. Yet it is not just the products of Charles and Ray Eames that have left a mark on Vitra. Even today, their design philosophy continues to significantly shape the company's values, orientation and goals.