First Look: Herman Miller has redesigned the Aeron chair

The designer’s favourite seat has been redesigned with ‘stronger and smarter’ materials to create a ‘health-positive sit’

The new Aeron range
The new Aeron range

First launched in 1994 and hailed as a ‘machine for sitting’, the Herman Miller Aeron chair soon found a place in design and creative studios the world over (read our post on its history here). But how to improve on a classic?

According to Herman Miller, original co-designer Don Chadwick (who created the chair with Bill Stumpf) worked with a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, materials specialists, and researchers for over two years on improving every aspect of the chair.

The distinctive silhouette remains, but apparently the new chair features “stronger and smarter materials, better adjustment capabilities, intuitive controls, enhanced aeration, and a health-positive, more comfortable sit”.

And it accommodates “the widest possible range of activities and postures people adopt while sitting—from intense upright focus to relaxed contemplative recline”.

Herman Miller also claims that the new chair is easier to personalise to your preferences for fit: “advancements in engineering have 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 with minimal effort”.

The new Aeron is available now in the Americas, Middle East and Africa. It will be available in the UK and Europe in January 2017. More here

Read our post on the history of the Aeron chair here

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