When it comes to form and function, the office chair has come a long way. The award-winning Aeron chair, introduced in 1994, raised the bar in office comfort. Today, the design classic has some innovative company.
A classic in contemporary design, it’s still popular and has undergone some modifications over the years. An Aeron workstool was introduced a year ago.
Honor: Permanent feature in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art design collection
Designers: Donald Chadwick and William Stumpf
Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Suggested retail: $949 to $999
Introduced in 1999, it made its mark by being simpler to operate. The chair employs internal mechanisms that respond to a user’s movements, eliminating many of the knobs and levers that are typical with ergonomic chairs.
Honor: National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum
Designer: Nils Diffrient
Suggested retail: $898 to $1,198
Nine years in R&D, this latest from Canadian family-run Keilhauer has a spring in its base that allows you to tilt and pivot. It’s also got Keilhauer’s newly patented Pelvic Balance Point technology and full range of shoulder motion design. Available in 12 colors and three fabric patterns, including a squiggle. First introduced in 2006, the newest version comes out in February.
Honor: Neocon Innovation Award
Borgmann, Gernot Bohmann, Harald Grundl
Suggested retail: $1,195
Quantum Mesh Chair
Office Depot’s own widely popular version of the Aeron
Suggested retail: $350 to $399
New this month: The newest version comes in three new colors — blue, red and green — and is sold, of course, at Office Depot stores and online.