The story retold

While its iconic form has remained largely unchanged, the Aeron chair has been remastered from the castors up to meet the needs of today’s work. With the help of original co-designer Don Chadwick, we thoughtfully updated the chair based on the latest research around the science of sitting, and advancements in materials, manufacturing and technology.

Performance

Remastered from the castors up

Since Aeron debuted in 1994, we at Herman Miller have learned a great deal more about how best to support people in the varied postures they adopt throughout the workday. With this chair, we incorporated two decades worth of technological and ergonomic enhancements to improve the health-positive design, and widen the range of cross-performance capabilities. With updates that include a more refined tilt mechanism, adjustable PostureFit SL and 8Z Pellicle suspension, Aeron performs smarter than ever before, so you can too.

Close-up of the mesh Pellicle suspension on the back of a black Aeron office chair.

Get into the zones

Pellicle, the innovative, elastomeric suspension of the original Aeron, eliminated circulation-restricting pressure points and stretched the boundaries of material design. 8Z Pellicle pushes the material to a whole new zone: eight of them. Across the seat and back, eight latitudinal zones of varying tension – tightest at the edges and more forgiving where the body makes contact – envelop the sitter, and deliver increased comfort and ergonomic support.

Close-up of the Pellicle mesh back and the arm adjustment thumb latch on a light gray Aeron office chair.

Stay cool

By doing away with foam and fabric, Aeron solved one of prolonged sitting’s biggest predicaments: the build-up of heat and humidity close to the body. Pellicle allows air, body heat and water vapour to pass through the seat and backrest to help maintain even and comfortable skin temperatures. While many chairs have adopted mesh as a way to deliver some performance, there’s only one Pellicle.

Rear view of a black Aeron office chair, showing back support and adjustable arms.

A stance worth backing

If an active body is at its strongest when standing, chest open and pelvis tilted slightly forward, it makes sense that you would be better off sitting like that too. And that’s exactly where PostureFit SL comes in. Adjustable, individual pads stabilise the sacrum and support the lumbar region of the spine to mimic that healthful standing position.

The Pellicle mesh seat and back on a black Aeron office chair.

Combined comfort

All of the enhancements to Aeron were designed to work together to comprehensively support the human form. PostureFit SL and 8Z Pellicle represent a higher level of ergonomic expertise and state-of-the-art support to improve the experience for the sitter. Together they create total spinal support – calculated, localised support that moves the skeletal system into a position that provides ultimate spinal support. This is achieved both when the person is still, and when the person moves, to provide more active support.

Close-up of the adjustment mechanisms for the seat, back, and arms on a black Aeron office chair.

If you’re so reclined

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. Today’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.

Close-up of seat adjustment controls on a light gray Aeron office chair.

A seamless shift

Aeron enables people to shift from an upright position to a full-recline smoothly and simply. While the original design supported numerous positions and postures, the frame angle has been adjusted 1.8 degrees forward to better support the body in the upright position and across a wider range of postures. Whether a person is positioned forward for typing and intense focus, or fully reclined for conversation and contemplation, they will find Aeron moving with them – without any trouble – to offer proper ergonomic support across a larger variety of tasks.

Design

Close-up of the mesh back on a black Aeron office chair.

Health-positive design

With Aeron, Stumpf and Chadwick proved that a chair didn’t just have to sit there, and you didn’t just have to sit in it – it could actually be better for you.

Arm height, seat height, and tilt tension adjustments on a light gray Aeron office chair.

Cross-performance design

For individuals sitting in Aeron, cross-performance design means the chair accommodates a wide range of activities and postures people adopt while working – from intense forward-facing focus to relaxed contemplative recline. For designers and organisations, cross-performance makes Aeron suitable for a wide array of workplace settings, from residential workpoints to shared workshops.

 Side view showing the backs of the three sizes of Aeron office chairs.

Inclusive design

With chairs, one size does not fit all people. Based on an ends-to-the-middle design approach, Aeron comes in three sizes to provide a fit that is inclusive rather than exclusive – and delivers the same comfort to the largest range of anthropometric body types of any chair.

Overhead view of a disassembled black Aeron office chair, including five-star base, arms, and seat and back frames.

Environmentally sensitive design

The Aeron chair was designed with sensitivity to its impact on the interior environment in which it will be placed and the broader environment that provides the resources for its manufacture.

Materials

Overhead view of a disassembled light gray Aeron office chair, including five-star base, arms, and back support.

A broad colour palette

Through hundreds of samples, tests and iterations, we arrived at three tightly curated, holistic material expressions. Graphite is the darkest, a modern take on the original Aeron. Carbon offers a balanced neutral that works equally well in warm and cool environments. Mineral is the lightest, ideal for today’s more open office environments.

Created through a unique painting process, Aeron’s satin aluminium finish offers a lustre redolent of high-end electronic equipment. Colours were developed to harmonise with the chair’s other components. Each detail contributes to a seamless whole.

Adjusting Aeron

How to tune and use your chair for maximum comfort and support.