Eames Compact Sofa

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1954 – Present

Sleek and slender with a high back and clean lines, the Eames Compact Sofa offers all the comfort of big, cushy furniture, and yet it fits nicely in any sized room.

Charles and Ray gained inspiration for this design from a sectional seating unit built into the alcove of their Eames House living room. The design is also similar to the prototype they made for the 1951 wire sofa; however, they adapted the Sofa Compact so that it used fewer parts, eliminated much of the hand labor, and was less expensive to produce.

Comfortable and svelte, yet also strong and durable, the Sofa Compact sits well in homes and office spaces alike. It is available exclusively from Herman Miller in a variety of high quality upholstery fabrics.

When first introduced, the Sofa Compact was shipped as a “flat pack” product. You can see how the back folded down on historic examples. Today, the design no longer folds down; it is sold as a fully upright sofa.

Current Production

  • Eames Sofa Compact

    Herman Miller

Historic Documents

  • Eames Compact Sofa Postcard

    1954
  • Eames Compact Sofa Postcard

    1954
  • Eames Compact Sofa Poster

    1970

Historic Example Photos Courtesy of J.F. Chen Copyright Eames Office, LLC.

  • Sofa Compact

    1958
  • Sofa Compact

    1958
  • Sofa Compact

    1958
  • Sofa Compact

    1958