Herman Miller has today unveiled the new Aeron chair, which retains the distinctive silhouette of the iconic chair, but every component of the design has been updated to raise the bar for performance seating.
The Aeron chair first launched in 1994 and was unlike any chair the world had ever seen. Instead of a padded throne, designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick did away with foam and fabric to create a true machine for sitting. Aeron quickly became the best-selling and most recognizable performance chair of all time-with over 7 million sold in 134 countries.
With the input of original co-designer Don Chadwick, and a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, materials specialists, and researchers who worked on the project for over two years, Herman Miller has enhanced the chair by combining the latest insights in anthropometrics and ergonomics with two decades of advancement in materials, manufacturing, and technology. The resulting chair is recognizably an Aeron, but features stronger and smarter materials, better adjustment capabilities, intuitive controls, enhanced aeration, and a health-positive, more comfortable sit.
Aeron now offers a completely new experience of sitting-with a reengineered tilt mechanism, adjustable PostureFit SL spinal support, and groundbreaking 8Z Pellicle zoned suspension working in concert to deliver enhanced comfort. For individuals, the chair accommodates the widest possible range of activities and postures people adopt while sitting-from intense upright focus to relaxed contemplative recline. For organizations, cross-performance design makes Aeron suitable for a wide array of workplace settings. The new Aeron performs better than ever before-so that a new generation of users and organizations can too.
Staying in one position reduces the natural pumping action of the muscles that deliver nutrients to the intervertebral disks. The Aeron chair's tilt allows it to move with the body in such a natural way that people can shift from forward to reclining postures intuitively. The new Aeron's slimmer, updated tilt mechanism delivers an even more seamless experience of movement (and stasis) to the sitter through a smoother trajectory and optimal balance point. Aeron is designed to keep people in contact with the back of the chair and in control of their continuous movement throughout the entire range of recline.
While the classic Aeron supported numerous positions and postures, the frame angle of the new chair has been adjusted 1.8-degree forward to better support the body in the upright position and across a wider range of postures. Users will find the new Aeron moving with them seamlessly to offer proper ergonomic support across a larger variety of tasks.
The new chair is available to order now in North America, Latin America and Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. It will be available in the United Kingdom and Europe in January 2017 and Asia in February 2017.