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What is a Herman Miller Aeron chair?

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The Herman Miller Aeron chair is an ergonomically designed office chair that became popular as a status symbol among information technology professionals in the late 1990s, according to Wikipedia. The chair’s association with the dot-com boom and its novel design helped it become a pop culture icon.

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The Aeron chair conforms to any body type, according to the Herman Miller company website. The designers, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf, broke away from traditional office chair design by omitting most of the padding and foam. They used a mesh material for the back and seat to allow heat and moisture to dissipate and to optimize the body weight distribution. The chair is made almost entirely from recyclable materials such as aluminum, polyester and Lycra. The Aeron chair is available in three sizes for small, average and large body frames.

The Herman Miller company has been producing the Aeron line of chairs since 1994. It has won numerous awards and recognition for its furniture design and sustainable manufacturing processes including a Silver International Design Excellence Award and a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

The unique curvilinear design has earned the Aeron chair a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection of architecture and design objects.

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