The Herman Miller Aeron chair was designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick. Launched in 1994, it has reportedly sold nearly 7 million units in 134 countries.
The pellicle mesh developed by DuPont for the seat and back was a game changer. It meant seats no longer had to be foam and fabric and inherently had significant advantages. It was literally cooler than anything else on the market. It’s design won it a place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and became synonymous with the dot com boom in the 90’s.
However, good design endures the test of time and the chair continues to sell in large numbers. In Feb 2017, Herman Miller launched a “ReMastered” Aeron designed by Don Chadwick, Bill Stumpf having passed away in 2006. At first glance, it retains the same iconic shape but every part of the chair has been re-examined and updated given the availability of new materials and 23 years of user feedback.
While the chair has remained visually the same for 23 years, there have been a number of upgrades to the components, so be careful when ordering spare parts. Things like the operation cables, fixtures, knobs and bolts have all changed at one time or another so be sure to buy like for like as not all parts are compatible.