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Aeron StoolHERMAN MILLER: Design Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick
New Heights. The new Aeron Stool takes our iconic chair to greater heights, pairing with higher work surfaces, tables and countertops. While the stool’s iconic form has remained largely unchanged, it’s been remastered to meet the needs of today’s work. The stool offers the same ergonomic excellence as the new Aeron Chair, including adjustable PostureFit SL and the comprehensive support of 8Z Pellicle suspension material.
Distinctive Footrest. The Aeron Stool offers unique features and user benefits not typically found in performance work stools. The footrest platform, which, at 6 cm wide, is three times wider than the typical footring, was specifically designed to provide a large, comfortable area to support your feet. This reduces the pressure and resulting discomfort that’s usually created with a smaller footring.
When you adjust the seat height of the Aeron Stool, the footrest moves with the seat so that you don’t have to worry about having to readjust the footrest height as well. Treads along the footrest also ensure that sitting down in and getting up out of the stool feel comfortable and easy. Together, all of these enhancements allow the new Aeron Stool to perform better than ever before, so you can, too.
Get into the Zones. Pellicle, the innovative, elastomeric suspension of the original Aeron, eliminated circulation-restricting pressure points and stretched the boundaries of material design. New 8Z Pellicle pushes the material to a whole new zone: eight of them. Across the seat and back, eight latitudinal zones of varying tension – tightest at the edges and more forgiving where the body makes contact – envelop the sitter to deliver increased comfort and ergonomic support.
Stay Cool. By doing away with foam and fabric, Aeron solved one of prolonged sitting’s biggest predicaments: the build-up of heat and humidity close to the body. Pellicle allows air, body heat and water vapour to pass through the seat and backrest to help maintain even and comfortable skin temperatures. While many chairs have adopted mesh as a way to deliver some performance, there’s only one Pellicle.
A Stance Worth Backing. If an active body is at its strongest when standing, chest open and pelvis tilted slightly forward, it makes sense that you would be better off sitting like that too. And that’s exactly where PostureFit SL comes in. Adjustable, individual pads stabilise the sacrum and support the lumbar region of the spine to mimic that healthful standing position.
Environmentally Sensitive Design. Aeron was designed with sensitivity to its impact on the interior environment in which it will be placed and the broader environment that provides the resources for its manufacture.
Designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, 1994. When designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick set out to create a chair that was health-positive, cross-performing, inclusively-sized and environmentally sensitive, they arrived at a design unlike the world had ever seen. Aeron demonstrated a pioneering step in ergonomics and material innovation, and provided a comfortable solution without the standard use of foam, fabric or leather. It changed people’s perception of what an office chair could be, and in doing so it soon found a place in popular culture.
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Designer: Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick
Bill Stumpf once said: “I work best when I’m pushed to the edge. When I’m at the point where my pride is subdued, where I’m innocent again. Herman Miller knows how to push me that way, mainly because the company still believes – years after D.J. De Pree first told me – that good design isn’t just good business, it’s a moral obligation. Now that’s pressure”.
Stumpf’s association with Herman Miller began in 1970 when he joined the staff of the Herman Miller Research Corporation. After establishing his own firm in 1972, Stumpf created the Ergon chair, the first ergonomic work chair. Later, in collaboration with Don Chadwick, he produced the ground-breaking Equa and iconic Aeron chairs. He was also principal designer for the Ethospace system.
Even though Don 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. He’s still getting his hands dirty. He’s still refining his process and sharpening his eye for design. He’s still having fun.
He continues to consider his constraints, using ergonomic elements like tilt mechanisms, elastomeric materials and casters to arrive at new designs. Having nearly half a century of celebrated innovations, he remains influential to industrial designers and furniture manufacturers the world over. His Modular Seating design for Herman Miller, which was originally introduced in 1974, relaunched at NeoCon in 2015.
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