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Aeron Task Chair, Pre-Production Prototype, 1994

When Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick designed the Herman Miller Aeron Chair, they combined a deep knowledge of human-centered design with never-before-seen technology to create a task chair unlike any other. Now Aeron has been remastered in practically every way, resulting in a piece that better supports people and the types of work we do today. Description Combining a deep knowledge of human-centered design with cutting-edge technology, Aeron is our most admired and recognized office chair. With over 7 million sold, it still sets the benchmark for ergonomic comfort more than 20 years after its debut.

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Summary

Designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf explored new materials that could replicate the cooling effect of historic wicker furniture and studied human sitting habits to create Herman Miller's groundbreaking Aeron task chair. One of the last in a series of experimental prototypes, this 1994 version incorporates the distinctive skeletal appearance that exemplified the production Aeron introduced later that year.

Designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf explored new materials that could replicate the cooling effect of historic wicker furniture and studied human sitting habits to create Herman Miller's groundbreaking Aeron task chair. One of the last in a series of experimental prototypes, this 1994 version incorporates the distinctive skeletal appearance that exemplified the production Aeron introduced later that year.

Date Made

1994

Creators
Place of Creation
Creator Notes

Designed by Don Chadwick (Santa Monica, California) and Bill Stumpf (Minneapolis, Minnesota) for Herman Miller Inc., Zeeland, Michigan.

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On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

2005.92.9

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Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Plastic
Pellicle (TM)
Metal

Color

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Black (Color)
Dark gray

Dimensions

Height: 36 in (at lowest setting)

Width: 27 in

Length: 19 in

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Aeron chair
DesignerDon Chadwick and Bill Stumpf
Date1994
Sold byHerman Miller (United States)

The Aeron chair is an office chair sold by Herman Miller, first released in 1994. In 2010, it was called 'America's best-selling chair' and is featured in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.[1] It was designed by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf and has received numerous accolades for its industrial design.[2]

Name[edit]

The chair was reportedly named after the Celtic god Aeron, as well as referring to aeration and aeronautics.[3]

Market[edit]

Aeron chairs are produced by Herman Miller and were popular with webstartups during the late 1990s, when they were associated with the dot-com bubble. A 2006 article in New York magazine called the Aeron 'the Dot-Com Throne', writing that the chairs 'became shorthand for the countless companies that didn't have a clue how to make money on the Internet, but, man, did they have the know-how to set up a cool office'.[4] The Aerons were so popular that after the bubble burst, one commenter described the piles of unused chairs as reminiscent of a 'corporate graveyard' of office furniture.[5] The big volume of sales led Herman Miller through the uncertainty following the bubble. As of 2016, Herman Miller had sold nearly 7 million units, and more than a million chairs are produced every year.[5]

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Materials[edit]

As described by Galen Kranz, 'one of the secrets of the success of that chair was finding that fabric they called ‘pellicle’. That sheer but resistant fabric hit on the right gestalt for where our culture was at.'[6] The suspended 'pellicle' seat and backrest are moulded into glass-fiber reinforced plastic frames.[7] The Aeron chair is made out of recycled materials, and 94 percent of the chair itself is recyclable.[8]

Ergonomics[edit]

According to a 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek article, the Aeron chair 'made a fetish of lumbar support'.[1] Galen Kranz has commented that while the company is aware that a perching position (facilitated by the chair's rounded front rail) is preferable, it put in the lumbar support to conform to public expectations—'because that's what people think is required for it to be a scientifically 'good' chair'.[6]

Sitting expert A. C. Mandal has criticized the Aeron as 'far too low' and not offering enough height adjustment and opportunities for the sitter to move.[1] According to the chair's co-designer Don Chadwick, the task given to him by Herman Miller was to update the company's previous best-seller, not to design the ideal chair for an eight-hour workday. 'We were given a brief and basically told to design the next-generation office chair,' Chadwick said.[1]

In 2017, the chair was updated as 'Aeron Remastered' (versus the original now named as 'Aeron Classic') with a new suspension system, better spine support and re-engineered tilt. Details what is different between both variants is explained in details in text[9] and video.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcd'Your Office Chair is Killing You'. Bloomberg. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  2. ^'Donald T. Chadwick, William Stumpf. Aeron Office Chair. 1992'. Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^'Aeron®: What's in a Name?'. SmartFurniture.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^Kennedy, Brian (September 25, 2006). 'Remembering the Dot-Com Throne'. New York. Intelligencer (column). Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  5. ^ ab'The Herman Miller Aeron Chair Review - TheCozyOffice.com'. TheCozyOffice. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  6. ^ abDalton, Melissa (2008). 'A Conversation With Galen Cranz'(PDF). Portland Spaces.
  7. ^Olivares, Jonathan (2011). A Taxonomy of Office Chairs. London: Phaidon. p. 61. ISBN978 0 7148 6103 6.
  8. ^'Aeron Chair'. Herman Miller. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  9. ^[1] Aeron Classic vs. Remastered – Differences & Innovations
  10. ^[2] Herman Miller Aeron Classic vs. Remastered: 8 Major Differences

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