More office chairs?
More office chairs!
They may not be retro (made in 1992), but these Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Chairs (EA435), designed in 1958 by Charles and Ray Eames, are still pretty darn cool, no?
The set of six popped up on the Jefferson City Craigslist a few weeks back and I just couldn't pass them up. Unfortunately, my plan to break up the monotonous drive with amazing rural picking adventures was interrupted by kidney stones. I've still not forgiven them.
No matter. The chairs were quite the steal, and the build-quality is simply amazing when compared to the typical office chair (as would be expected at their retail price). No plastic or cheap stamped steel here! Just look at those beefy casters!
I'm not in love with the oh-so-90's upholstery, but might end up keeping one or two for myself. After all the discomfort that my current cheapo, duct-taped throne has put me through, I think my backside could use some pampering. The rest are going on Ebay. In fact, one already found its new home (my first Ebay sale!).
The really interesting part about the chairs is their backstory. Remember Northern Telecom (Nortel), one of the first big corporations to go bust during the 2000's recession? Well, they recently went belly-up and auctioned off their assets, including their Herman Miller office furniture.
These chairs, in particular, came from the Nortel Headquarters in Canada, which was, according to online sources, some kind of wonder of modern office design done in partnership with Herman Miller. I wonder how they made it all the way to a dusty old town like Jefferson city.