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img_eames_thumb_1Eames: Design Story

Known for their honest use of materials, the Eameses constructed their chairs with cast aluminum and a seat frame meant to support a stretched synthetic mesh. The seat-back suspension was a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell. Those chairs became the Aluminum Group, which we began manufacturing in 1958.

img_aeron_thumb_1Aeron: Design Story

Although it reveals its aesthetic heritage in lyrical shapes reminiscent of George Nelson designs, organic forms that recall the work of Charles Eames, and a spare, athletic aspect that brings to mind its designers’ Equa chair, the Aeron chair finally looks only like itself. Its unique form expresses its purpose and use and the material composition of its parts and the way they connect.

img_mc_thumb_1Mirra 2: Rethinking an Original

Ten years and over 1.5 million chairs later, the designers of Studio 7.5 believed it was time to evaluate and, if necessary, rethink their original design of the Mirra chair. For one thing, they noted, work is evolving. People move, and the more they’re in motion, the more they need support that moves with them.

hmiller-logoHerman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of our customers’ organizations have become our hallmark.


img_eames_thumb_2Innovative Comfort. Never being ones to favor style over substance, Charles and Ray Eames gave both chair designs an innovative suspension that creates a firm, flexible “sitting pocket” that conforms subtly to the body’s shape. They created that suspension by stretching a continuous piece of seat-back upholstery tautly between lightweight aluminum side ribs.

img_eames_thumb_3Durability and Earth-Friendly. With one-piece, curved aluminum side ribs and die-cast aluminum base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move. Aluminum Group chairs are made of 61% recycled materials and are 93% recyclable at the end of their useful life.


img_aeron_thumb_2Redefining the Work Chair. The design that met these criteria redefined the very meaning of “work chair.” It wasn’t upholstered. It wasn’t padded. It was dimensioned in three models that looked exactly alike and that had nothing to do with their people’s job titles. And its revolutionary concept incorporated more patentable ideas than any previous Herman Miller research program.

img_aeron_thumb_3“Biomorphic Design”. The human form has no straight lines; it is biomorphic. We designed the chair to be, above all, biomorphic, or curvilinear, as a metaphor of human form in the visual as well as the tactile sense. There is not one straight line to be found on an Aeron chair.


img_mc_thumb_2A Personal Chair. Precisely because of the new agile way people work today, the designers found the idea of a highly individualized personal chair is still valid. While Studio 7.5 retained the athletic attitude and intuitive adjustments of the original, they advanced the material and form of this idea in virtually every aspect of Mirra 2.

img_mc_thumb_3“Every Molecule Counts”. In redesigning Mirra, as in all their work, the mantra at Studio 7.5 was “every molecule counts.” By this they mean a close examination of every element is essential to using the least material possible while also advancing performance.

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