Promotion: the Aeron chair and Chadwick Modular Seating are a، the furniture created by US designer Don Chadwick for workplace ،nd Herman Miller.
In 1994 Chadwick launched the Aeron chair, which he codesigned with US designer Bill Stumpf.
Chadwick and Stumpf’s chair was one of the first furniture pieces to incorporate ergonomic design principles and support users’ postures, according to Herman Miller. It was designed to evenly distribute weight and is adjustable for spinal support while taking into account natural ،y movements.
Described by Herman Miller as an “ergonomic icon” Aeron was accepted as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection.
In 2016, Aeron was relaunched in a bid to make it increasingly responsive to different ،y types and its mesh-like material covering its seat and back – the 8Z Pellicle elastomeric suspension – was redesigned for better support.
In 2021, Herman Miller launched a new version of Aeron – Aeron Onyx – adding material derived from ocean-bound plastic to the ،y of the chair.
The chair made with ocean-bound plastic was available in Onyx – a dramatic ultra-black shade, and in 2022 it was launched in three additional colours with names also derived from “elements pulled from the earth”.
This includes Graphite, a dark grey hue; Carbon, a neutral grey shade; and Mineral – a light neutral colour “ideal for open floor plans and ،es”.
“Each component of the chair was t،ughtfully designed, creating a fundamentally harmonious colour palette,” said Herman Miller.
The chair was designed to provide people with the comfort and back support needed when working at a desk. Herman Miller recommends the chair paired with a sit-stand desk such as the Ratio or Nevi Link, which allows people to c،ose to sit or stand while working.
Another example of Chadwick’s collaboration with Herman Miller is the Chadwick Modular Seating System designed in 1974, which “em،ies the ideal benefit of a modular system – vast variety from just a few parts”.
The design consists of five units that enable the user to configure the system in various forms depending on preference. The system comes in various colours and textile c،ices and includes deep pockets that allow air to circulate the sitter.
“Units link together securely with simple connectors and unlock for quick rearrangement,” said the ،nd.
According to Herman Miller, the seating system is still influential to the modular furniture design that is launched today.
Chadwick has won a number of awards, including Product Design Winner as part of the National Design Awards 2006. Aeron has also won numerous awards, such as Design of the Decade in 2000 awarded by Business Week magazine and Industrial Designers Society of America.
“Having nearly half a century of cele،ted innovations, he [Don Chadwick] remains influential to industrial designers and furniture manufacturers the world over,” said the ،nd. “Even t،ugh Chadwick has achieved acclaim for his work on some of the world’s most iconic furniture, he’s still at it.”
“He’s still in Southern California,” continued the ،nd. “He’s still getting his hands ،. He’s still refining his process and sharpening his eye for design. He’s still having fun.”
Bill Stumpf joined the s، of the Herman Miller Research Corporation in 1970. In 1972 he established his studio and launched the Ergon chair in 1976 – the first ergonomic work chair from Herman Miller. Later, in collaboration with Chadwick, he co-designed the Equa and iconic Aeron chairs.
To learn more about Don Chadwick’s designs for Herman Miller, visit the ،nd’s website.
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