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Product Story The Aeron chair didnt end up in the Museum of Modern Arts permanent collection just because it looks cool. Although it does. Its looks are only the beginning. Aeron accommodates both the sitter and the environment. It adapts naturally to virtually every body, and its 94% recyclable. Even if its black, its green.

The Redefinition of a Work Chair Imaginative design, fast-forward ergonomics and a look so distinctive that its probably the only office chair that people can identify by name. Adaptable to all sizes and shapes and all the motions you go through every day while seated, Aeron provides healthy comfort and balanced body support with its innovative suspension and easy-to-use adjustment controls. Work chair, side chair, and stool support all kinds of office work

First Chair to Lose the Foam Where are the cushions? A chair should conform to your contours and relieve the pressure points and heat build-up that cause the aches and pains and fatigue that people who sit all day often think are just part of the job. The Pellicle—that specially woven seat and back suspension material developed for Aeron—does what cushions cant. It conforms to your body and cradles it, keeping the pressure even across your body—and keeps you cool at the same time.

Its Got the Look The Aeron aesthetic has been copied and copied—because, well, its a beautiful chair. But despite its stand-out look, it fits right in, whether your office is high-tech, casual, elegant, or a room at home that doubles as a gym. Three Pellicle weaves in neutral colors and a range of finish options so that you can create the Aeron you really want.

Earth-Friendly Green was built into the Aeron chair from the beginning of the design stage. Almost two-thirds of each chair is recycled materials, and almost the entire chair—94%—is recyclable. Certified to Cradle to CradleCM Silver, Aeron is GREENGUARD certified and can contribute to LEED certification.

Ergonomically, a chair ought to do more than just sit there. It should actively intercede for your health when you sit in it longer than you should.Functionally, it ought to move and adjust as simply and naturally as possible. It should support you in any position you assume, at any task your office job serves up.Anthropometrically, a chair ought to be inclusive. It should do more than accommodate people who are larger or smaller than average size-it should really fit them.Environmentally, it ought to be benign. Its manufacture should be sparing of natural resources, and the chair itself should be durable and easy to repair, recyclable and easy to disassemble.

The design that met these criteria redefined the very meaning of "work chair." It wasnt upholstered. It wasnt padded. It was dimensioned in three models that looked exactly alike and that had nothing to do with their peoples job titles. It didnt look like any other office chair. And its revolutionary concept incorporated more patentable ideas than any previous Herman Miller research program.

And what about the lack of cushions? Says Bill Stumpf, "The Pellicle was equally a deliberate design strategy in that its transparency symbolizes the free flow of air to the skin in the same way lace, window screens, and other permeable membranes permit the flow of air or light or moisture. The transparency of the chair as a visual element was in keeping with the idea of transparent architecture and technology, which Aeron pioneered in advance of Apples transparent iMac computers. Transparency is a major design movement. Its purpose is to make technology less opaque, to communicate the inner workings of things, and to make objects less intrusive in the environment. Aeron is a nonintrusive chair."

The Aeron design was refined and validated through research and experts opinions:It was tested for comfort with scores of users, pitting it against the best work chairs available.Leading ergonomists, orthopedic specialists, and physical therapists evaluated the chairs fit and motion, the benefit and ease of its adjustments.The design team conducted anthropometric studies across the country, using a specially developed instrument to calculate everything from popliteal (back of the knee) height to forearm length.

Although it reveals its aesthetic heritage in lyrical shapes reminiscent of George Nelson designs, organic forms that recall the work of Charles Eames, and a spare, athletic aspect that brings to mind its designers Equa chair, the Aeron chair finally looks only like itself. Its unique form expresses its purpose and use and the material composition of its parts and the way they connect. The slightly transparent and reflective nature of its surfaces gives it an airy quality. It becomes a part of the person who uses it and the environment that surrounds it. Made largely of recycled materials, the Aeron chair is designed to last a long time, and parts that get the most wear are easily replaced and recycled.