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Real or Not Herman Miller Soft Pad Office Chairs

- 12 Dec 2017 -
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Hi Y'all


I found a couple of these while helping someone and wanting to see if they are in fact authentic. They are dates on the bottoms ranging from

"March 1, 1988 to March 2 1988". The color and not having a label left is what's really throwing me off. They are a touqoise and dark plum/maroon on the metal. I've reached out to HM directly but haven't herd anything back yet. As of now this is the only picture I have but can provide more to help ID them!


Thanks,


Real or Not Herman Miller Soft Pad Office Chairs
Periods
1980 - 1989

Comments

- 12 Dec 2017

I vote authentic. As far as labels, in the dozen or so that I’ve come across, mosy of them have a white sticker with the manufacturing date and model number. However, some of those stickers can be quite faded as well.

- 12 Dec 2017

Thanks, Kin1117!

There is a white label that has faded into a yellow hue with some extremely faded black text. I'll have to take some more pictures later tonight. Can I ask what's makes you believe in fact authentic, and if so what's it roughly worth? I know is probably isn't the correct forum for that but I haven't seem any this year with painted aluminum that isn't chrome.

Thanks,
J

- 12 Dec 2017

Seeing a faded label is a good sign. I hate to give you a vague answer but it just “looks” right. I’ve never seen a good copy of these chairs so it’s easy to spot one. Also, the eggplant color frame is a very nice original touch as well.
I personally think the aluminum soft pad and Pollock executive chairs are the best desk chairs out there.
A good leather one would normally fetch for $500 in the SF Bay Area. Good luck.

- 12 Dec 2017

It's probably just me.

I never understood the eggplant finish on this lovely chair. Never.

It's probably just me,

Aunt Mark

- 12 Dec 2017

Contrary to Mark, I think it's a killer chair when it's red leather with the eggplant frame.

- 12 Dec 2017

Why oh my stars!

That combo would smoke!

Thanks for the eyeball adjustment.

Holiday best,

Aunt Mark

- 13 Dec 2017

The "auburgine" versions of these have got to be among the least desirable, generally speaking. I can't imagine a knock-off having been produced with this option. I agree with kin that the chairs are authentic vintage.

Eggplant. It's a love it or hate it sort of thing.

- 13 Dec 2017

I can feel polished lacquered aluminum with my eyes closed...and gently blindfolded. No charge.

All eye's,

Aunt Mark

- 13 Dec 2017

Thank you everyone for your help. Greatly appreciated!

Might have to go back then... There is a couple red and eggplants left :) No one ever said I couldn't have two home office chairs!

- 13 Dec 2017

I'd grab as many of those red ones as possible. That custom-order combo is killer and the high-back versions are less common.

P.S. Mark, I've been advised that half your age plus seven years is socially acceptable unless, of course, it's a strictly platonic relationship or you're from Alabama. Is there a legible date stamp on these chairs?

- 13 Dec 2017

Bragging rights.

I can also taste polished aluminum with my eye's closed...and gently blindfolded.

yup,

Aunt Mark

ps. I want to see "pencil eraser orange" colored castors adorning the aubergine frame/ red leather combo on these chairs. I do.

- 13 Dec 2017

Those red ones above aren't bad but this is what I have in mind. Just lovely.

- 13 Dec 2017

Oh, thanks a lot, kin. The patina on that seat cushion is enough to send Mark into fits, blindfolded or not.

I've heard he has the olfactory sense of a hound ...or maybe a chicken.

And I'm pretty sure he even owns a pair of loafers in the same exact color.

- 14 Dec 2017

I have a dark blue softpad on an eggplant frame. Awful. Pointless. I have a spare polished aluminium frame and I will be removing the blue softpad from the awful frame and putting it on the aluminium frame where it belongs. January job. There will be photos - and likely tears. And then, necessarily, beer.
Scott

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