‘Aeron’ chair by Bill Stumpf

Made by Herman Miller Inc in Zeeland, Michigan, United States of America, 1999.

The ‘Aeron’ chair represents a completely new direction in adjustable office chair design, both ergonomically and technologically, and has been heralded as the first in a new generation of office chairs. Designed by the American industrial design team Bill Strumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994, the chair has been in constant production since by the American manufacturing company Herman Miller, renowned for its promotion and production of innovative furniture since the 1940s. Such is the reputation of...


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Physical Description

Office chair, 'Aeron', polymer/ aluminium,/ polyester 'Pellicle' upholstery, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994, made by Herman Miller Inc, USA, 1999.

Office arm chair of black polyester and aluminium, the contoured back and seat covered in polyester mesh 'Pellicle'material with padded armrests attached to arms extending from the lower part of the chair back which is also fitted with a lumbar support device. The chair seat above a system of complex adjustment mechanisms and supported on an extendable pneumatic aluminium column on six splayed legs terminating in castors. The chair is fitted with multiple adjustment mechanisms for a range of seating positions including adjustable lumbar support, armrests, seat height and tilt, the latter incorporating the unique 'Kinemat' tilt mechanism which allows automatic movement from upright to reclining positions.


Embossed 'Herman Miller' on back of chair top rail.



990 mm


680 mm


680 mm



Designed by Bill Strumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994. Born 1936 in St Louis, Bill Stumpf trained as an industrial designer and designed office chairs for Herman Miller before establishing his own consultancy in 1973. Don Chadwick was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and also trained as an industrial designer. He designed the 'Modular Seating' system for Herman Miller in 1974. In 1977 Chadwick and Stumpf formed the design consultancy Chadwick, Stumpf & Associates in Winona, Minnesota, designing the renowned 'Equa' range of office chairs for Herman Miller (1984).
Both designers have a long history of innovative office seating design, particularly in their work for Herman Miller over the last thirty years.

Made by Herman Miller, Zeeland, Michigan, USA since 1994. The Herman Miller company has a long history of supporting and producing innovative furniture design by many notable designers including Charles Eames and George Nelson in the 1950s and 60s.

This chair was designed in 1994.:This chair was made in 1999.


Herman Miller Inc 1999


Chadwick, Don 1994


Credit Line

Gift of Herman Miller (Aust) Pty Ltd

Acquisition Date

11 October 2000

Cite this Object


'Aeron' chair by Bill Stumpf 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2018, <https://ma.as/8123>


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