The Aeron Chair: Symbol of the Dot-Com Era

Products typically garner for themselves a particular identity, often based on their buyers. A product usually is defined by the era in which it exists. Often it is tailored to meet the needs that exist at the time, so that the consumer has little difficulty in selecting the product as opposed to its competitors. Sometimes, however, that stereotype is reversed. When there is something…

The Aeron Chair’s Design Story

Herman Miller designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf wanted to design a new kind of chair. Chadwick and Stumpf’s previous collaboration had produced the groundbreaking Equa chair. Now it was time for Aeron. The two designers began this development process with no assumptions about form or material, but with strong convictions about what a chair can and ought to do. Ergonomically, the Aeron Chair ought…

The Aeron Chair’s Design Story

Herman Miller designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf wanted to design a new kind of chair. Chadwick and Stumpf’s previous collaboration had produced the groundbreaking Equa chair. Now it was time for Aeron. The two designers began this development process with no assumptions about form or material, but with strong convictions about what a chair can and ought to do. Ergonomically, the Aeron Chair ought…

Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf: Designers of the Aeron Chair

ASID Award for Ergon seating, 1976ID magazine “Designer of the 70s,” 1979IBD Gold Award for Equa chair, 1984IBD Gold Award for Ethospace interiors, 1985Time magazine, Design: Best of the Decade for Equa chair, 1990Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, Product Design winner, 2006 Those are just a few of the awards groundbreaking designer Bill Stumpf, father of the Aeron Chair, won before his death in 2006. Beginning with his collegiate…

The Aeron Chair in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

It is undeniable that the Herman Miller Aeron Chair has become a lasting staple of industrial design over the last two decades. Without the truly groundbreaking inventiveness and verve that the chair possessed, many of the advancements in office chair technology and ergonomics that we know and love today would have been delayed, or even permanently put off. Without innovations like the PostureFit feature…

Aeron: The Best Selling Office Chair

When a chair is given the esteemed title of being the best selling office chair, you have to stop and wonder. That’s a pretty powerful designation that sets just one chair apart from the sea of office chair possibilities as the very best. And this isn’t just a popularity contest. People actually put their hard-earned money behind this one product. So many people chose…

The Aeron Chair’s Awards

The Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the most famed and distinctive chairs ever introduced into the world of office furniture. Before the Aeron, the chair that you sat on at your desk was merely a cushion covered in fabric; it acted not as a partner but as a necessary item, a place to rest the body. It was not designed to motivate, to impress,…

Herman Miller and Charles and Ray Eames

Herman Miller furniture has always been built and designed by some of the greatest industrial designers in this country and abroad. But for an incredibly fruitful period in the late 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, the company had the privilege of working with and distributing the furniture made by Charles and Ray Eames, possibly the greatest industrial designers of all time. The partnership was a…

Herman Miller’s Most Famous Products

Herman Miller furniture is some of the most famous and instantly recognizable in the world. The range of artists and designers who built it, and the huge impact the company as a whole has made on the American scene are all testaments to the lasting nature of the furniture it produced. Now that Smart Furniture has the opportunity to work with Herman Miller and sell many…