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2000/111/1 Office chair, 'Aeron', polymer/ aluminium/ polyester 'Pellicle' upholstery, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994, made by Herman Miller Inc, United States of America, 1999. Click to enlarge.

'Aeron' chair by Bill Stumpf

Designed
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 …

Summary

Object No.

2000/111/1

Object Statement

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

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.

Marks

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

Dimensions

Height

990 mm

Width

680 mm

Depth

680 mm

Production

Notes

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.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Herman Miller (Aust) Pty Ltd

Acquisition Date

10 October 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Aeron' chair by Bill Stumpf 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/8123>

Wikipedia

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