Aeron® Remastered

Meet the new Aeron.
Remastered for today’s work and workers.

When Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick designed the original Herman Miller Aeron®, they combined a deep knowledge of the study of the body and its movement with a concern for human health. Coupled with innovative never-before-seen technology they delivered a chair unlike any other.

Now Aeron has been remastered for today’s work and workers: reengineered for better health; readjusted for better performance; reconsidered for a better fit; and refined for modern environments.

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The new Aeron chair is the ultimate in health-postive, cross-performance and environmental design.

The Aeron Story

When Aeron debuted in 1994 it was a chair unlike any the world had ever seen. It didn’t just change how people sat, but what they thought a chair could be. In doing so, it became the #1 best-selling desk chair and the most recognizable chair of all time.

Today, it’s become a vital tool for millions of workers and has obtained a place in pop culture. However, the office of 1994 would be largely unrecognizable today. With all the changes that have occurred, from the internet to open office spaces, it only made sense that Aeron should also change to better meet the needs of today’s workforce.

So how did Herman Miller improve one of the most iconic and beloved chairs in the world? They began by recruiting co-designer Don Chadwick to reexamine the design criteria that led him and Bill Stumpf to the original Aeron.

Then they went about evaluating today’s world of work and our latest understanding of the body and its movement as well as the advancements in materials, manufacturing, and technology. Finally, they asked if there were pertinent improvements to be made to the original’s health positive, cross-performance, inclusive, and environmentally-sensitive design—without diminishing the characteristics that made it an icon.

With stronger, smarter materials, better adjustment capabilities, new finish options, and a more supportive, more comfortable sit, the answer is a resounding yes.

Herman Miller didn’t just recreate or redesign the Aeron Chair—they remastered it.

Just as iconic films and albums are updated for new mediums, standards, and audiences, Aeron has been remastered to help meet the needs of today’s workers and work environments. By coupling co-designer Don Chadwick’s vision with Herman Miller’s latest research around the science of sitting, the new Aeron works harder than ever before—so you can too.

 

Available in Three Curated Colors

Every effort was made to significantly improve upon the comfort and performance of the original, while also creating a beautiful, harmonious look-and-feel through updated colors, materials, and finishes.

Aeron Chair in Graphite

Graphite

Deep. Dignified. Archetypical.

Graphite refines Aeron’s original color scheme for a crisp, sculptural appearance.

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Aeron Chair in Carbon

Carbon

Balanced. Elegant. Universal.

Carbon blurs light and dark, and warm and cool, to harmonize with a variety of environments.

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Aeron Chair in Minteral

Mineral

Light. Fresh. Ethereal.

Mineral illuminates Aeron’s finer points to offer a lightness that borders on translucence.

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Breathability, back support, and natural movement coalesse into ultimate comfort.

Health-Positive Design

Aeron is packed full of health-positive design features that support your body and create a more comfortable sit, all day long.

Even Pressure Distribution

Pellicle®, Aeron’s original innovative elastomeric suspension, eliminates circulation-restricting pressure points and stretched the boundaries of material design. The new 8Z Pellicle pushes the material to a whole new zone. Eight of them to be precise. Across the seat and back are eight latitudinal zones of varying tension — tightest at the edges and more forgiving where the body makes contact. This enables Aeron’s back and seat to envelop the sitter and deliver increased comfort and ergonomic support.

Exceptional Breathability

You’ll sit cool in an Aeron, thanks to the Pellicle seat and back. It’s breathability allows air, body heat, and water vapor to pass through thereby helping to maintain even and comfortable skin temperatures.

Superior Posture

Lower back support is essential for long duration sitting. An active body is at its strongest when standing, chest open and pelvis tilted slightly forward. For those who need additional lumbar back support, Aeron can be configured with the PostureFit SL to help you achieve a customize and supportive sit to achieve that ideal posture.

Natural Movement

With a slimmer, updated tilt mechanism, Aeron allows for more natural movements through smoother trajectory and optimal balance points. This helps improve the natural pumping action of muscles that deliver nutrients to your spine and back.

 

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Aeron's slimmer, updated tilt mechanism delivers a seamless experience.

Cross-Performance Design

Aeron is also designed for maximum cross-performance. It fully accommodates a wide range of activities and postures people adopt while working. From intense forward-facing focus to relaxed contemplative recline.

A Shiftless Balanced Recline

Aeron lets you shift from forward to reclining postures without a thought. A slimmer, updated tilt mechanism delivers a seamless experience of movement and balance. Through a smoother trajectory and optimal balance point, it keeps people in contact with the seat back and in control of their movement throughout the entire range of recline.

Customized Fit with Fewer Dial Turns

The original design made it possible to adjust the amount of recline and resistance to the sitter’s liking. Depending on the sitter’s scale, this involved up to 50 turns of the tilt mechanism. Advancements in materials and engineering allowed Herman Miller to scale back the amount of turning, twisting, and time spent customizing a personal fit. Now the sitter can reach a custom recline in 13 turns or less.

 

Aeron remastered for modern offices

Aeron was designed to harmonize with it's environment.

Environmentally Sustainable Design

The Aeron chair 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 for the Environment

With its dematerialized, Cradle to Cradle design (that includes 53 percent recycled content, and is 89 percent recyclable), the original Aeron set a new bar for sustainability when it launched. With today’s update, we’ve taken another step forward by removing urethane, neoprene, and methylene chloride.

Designed for More Environments

Guided by Stumpf’s notions of “visual comfort” and Chadwick’s keen eye for aesthetic detail, Aeron was designed to harmonize with the environment in which it was placed. Recognizing that most environments look and feel vastly different today, Aeron’s colors, materials, and finishes have been completely reconsidered to enhance modern environments. For the first time, Aeron is offered in three holistically curated material palettes that require no additional specification: Mineral (Light); Carbon (Medium); and, Graphite (Dark).

 

Aeron Designers, Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick

Original Aeron co-designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick

About The Designers

In the early 1990’s Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick teamed up to create a chair unlike any the world had seen. Without preconceptions of what it looked like, their criteria were for the chair to actively contribute the sitter’s health, perform ably in a variety of situations, provide comfort and proper ergonomics to the widest possible range of sitters, and be sensitive to the environment. With Aeron, they achieved this and more — all by using less. Aeron won over hearts and minds (and posteriors) with an honest, dematerialized design that eliminated foam and fabric. The rest was history — until two years ago when Don Chadwick proposed a thoughtful update of the original to meet the demands of today. Using the same criteria, Chadwick set about remastering Aeron based on Herman Miller’s latest research around the science of sitting, and advancements in materials, manufacturing, and technology.

Designer Biography:
Don Chadwick

Don Chadwick co-designer of Aeron chair

Even though Don Chadwick has achieved acclaim for his work on some of the world’s most iconic furniture, he’s still at it. 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 &mdash ;which was originally introduced in 1974 — relaunched at NeoCon in 2015.

An industrial design student at UCLA in the mid-1950s, Chadwick’s focus in furniture sharpened after attending a lecture from celebrated designers Charles and Ray Eames. Ten years later, he had his own design studio in Los Angeles—a small space above a hardware store — where he spent much of his time trying to promote his ideas to manufacturers. “It started, I believe, in 1972,” as Chadwick puts it, when Herman Miller paid him a visit. He’s designed and co-designed some of the company’s most recognizable products ever since. In the midst of his budding (and soon-to-be booming) career, Chadwick returned to UCLA to bestow his knowledge upon students as a professor, from 1976 to 1985.

An avid collector of art, Chadwick is no stranger to museums — and neither are his designs. The Aeron chair, an ergonomic icon he codesigned with Bill Stumpf for Herman Miller in 1994, became part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection before it went into production.

Chadwick will admit that plenty has changed over the years, including his process. For instance, he’s more attuned to the digital aspects of design like sketching on screen versus on paper. But there is one thing about Chadwick’s design process that hasn’t changed in the 44 years he’s been designing — his curiosity. He continues to question the way designers and manufacturers use sustainable materials to improve the ways people live and work, through design.

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Aeron chair in 3 new colors, Graphite, Carbon, Mineral.

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