Aeron Office Chair

Classic Aeron Chair It’s the most innovative and iconic ergonomic office chair ever made and for good reason. The Herman Miller® Classic Aeron® Chair revolutionized how we sit forever by blending the latest technology in ergonomic support of the body with a cross performance design and best-in-class materials. As the first office chair to replace fabric and foam with breathable, woven suspension membrane, the Classic Aeron Chair, distributes your weight appropriately, eliminating pressure points and heat buildup. The Kinematic® Tilt lets you recline fluidly, while the PostureFit® puts back support where you need it most while seated—at the base of your spine. The Classic Aeron comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate the largest range of body types and with a wide range of colors, weaves and frame finishes, you won’t have to compromise on style, either. Own the chair that’s on display in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Original, Classic Version Supportive Mesh Suspension Up to 8 Ergonomic Functions A Full Range of Adjustments This is the classic design that changed how we sit forever. If you’re looking for the remastered version of the Herman Miller Aeron Chair click here. An Official Herman Miller Retailer We’re an authorized Herman Miller retailer. This means we’re official. We sell new factory-direct Classic Aeron chairs complete with Herman Miller’s own 12-year warranty. You can purchase confidently from Office Designs knowing you’ll be receiving genuine Herman Miller product. 12-year Warranty Our Aeron chairs come with a 12-year Herman Miller warranty. This warranty is a promise that the chair lives up to the highest standards in the industry. If for some reason the chair fails to live up to this standard, Herman Miller will ship and repair it at no cost to you. To learn more read the Herman Miller Warranty (PDF). About Herman Miller Founded in 1905 and recognized today throughout the world as an innovator in office and residential furniture design, Herman Miller has been ranked since 1986 among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the 500 most admired companies. Their pioneering research into producing environmentally responsible furniture has earned them GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of their products. Aesthetically, many of Herman Miller’s iconic designs, particularly from the 1940s and 1950s, are valuable collector’s items and on permanent display in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian Institution. If the purpose of design is to solve problems, and the relationship between design and business is synergistic, then Herman Miller today continues to be in the vanguard of design as a fundamental part of strategic planning.
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Aeron Office Chair

Design Story Don Chadwick & Bill Stumpf In the 1970s, Herman Miller was deep into research in the field of office ergonomics and work seating and challenged Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf to rethink traditional designs of office chairs. Their research produced the award-winning Ergon chair in 1976, and Equa chair in 1984. Building upon what they had learned, Stumpf and Chadwick began working in the early 1990s on a design for the world’s most comfortable office chair. Keeping in mind Charles Eames’ point that chairs should be designed for how people sit rather than how they should sit, they set about designing a chair that would: Promote the health of the person sitting in it Move and adjust as simply as possible Support a person in any position Really fit large or small people Be environmentally responsible. The result, Herman Miller Aeron Chair, was introduced in 1994 to immediate success and became an icon of contemporary design. It introduced the use of a semi-transparent mesh material called Pellicle, which allowed air to circulate against the sitter’s back, as well as conform to the shape and build of the user so that pressure on the impact areas is minimized. The visual transparency of the chair exemplified the idea of transparent architecture and technology, a design strategy dedicated to producing objects that would be less opaque and intrusive in the environment. Far ahead of its time in that it was composed of mostly recycled materials, the chair was engineered to be easily disassembled and recycled. Notable among the numerous design honors given to Chadwick and Stumpf during their careers was the inclusion of their revolutionary Aeron chair in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) permanent collection.
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Aeron Office Chair

It’s the most innovative and iconic ergonomic office chair ever made and for good reason. The Herman Miller® Classic Aeron® Chair revolutionized how we sit forever by blending the latest technology in ergonomic support of the body with a cross performance design and best-in-class materials. As the first office chair to replace fabric and foam with breathable, woven suspension membrane, the Classic Aeron Chair, distributes your weight appropriately, eliminating pressure points and heat buildup. The Kinematic® Tilt lets you recline fluidly, while the PostureFit® puts back support where you need it most while seated—at the base of your spine.
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Aeron Office Chair

It turns out the Aeron has a hate club. My colleague Unmesh had the same unprintable comments about the pain in his thighs, apparently caused by the hard frame with what’s called a waterfall edge. My brother George, a bond broker, says the mesh material I’d earlier thought so practical tears his pants. “The Aeron Chair Sucks” features hilarious videos of a worker’s battles with hers. To be fair, the dozens of heated comments on that site prove the Aeron still has a lot of defenders, too.
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Aeron Office Chair

The Aeron was the first thing I saw walking into my new office. At first, I was dazzled by the work of art that is this most famous of office chairs (seriously, how many can you name by brand?). Its design is smooth yet innovative, its materials practical yet handsome. Sure, the Aeron defined the ’90s, but newsrooms aren’t known for cutting-edge cool. By our standards, it bespoke hip.
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Aeron Office Chair

Aeron chairs are produced by Herman Miller and were popular with web startups 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”. 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. 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 a new unit was produced every 17 seconds.
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Aeron Office Chair

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. 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.
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Aeron Office Chair

In the 1970s, Herman Miller was deep into research in the field of office ergonomics and work seating and challenged Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf to rethink traditional designs of office chairs. Their research produced the award-winning Ergon chair in 1976, and Equa chair in 1984. Building upon what they had learned, Stumpf and Chadwick began working in the early 1990s on a design for the world’s most comfortable office chair. Keeping in mind Charles Eames’ point that chairs should be designed for how people sit rather than how they should sit, they set about designing a chair that would: Promote the health of the person sitting in it Move and adjust as simply as possible Support a person in any position Really fit large or small people Be environmentally responsible.
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The visual transparency of the chair exemplified the idea of transparent architecture and technology, a design strategy dedicated to producing objects that would be less opaque and intrusive in the environment. Far ahead of its time in that it was composed of mostly recycled materials, the chair was engineered to be easily disassembled and recycled. Notable among the numerous design honors given to Chadwick and Stumpf during their careers was the inclusion of their revolutionary Aeron chair in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) permanent collection.
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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.” The Aeron chair is made out of recycled materials, and 94 percent of the chair itself is recyclable.
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According to a 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek article, the Aeron chair “made a fetish of lumbar support”. 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”.

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