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An Introduction to Herman Miller Office Chairs

Renowned for their ergonomic excellence, Herman Miller office chairs are highly sought after especially in the office landscape. This is no surprise considering the years of research, testing and innovation that has gone into these chairs, ensuring a complete ergonomic design that will bring unmatched comfort and health-positive effects to its users. As pioneers of premium ergonomic seating, Herman Miller office chairs come with the guarantee of uncompromising quality. Backed by a rich history of research-based, data-driven design, we believe it’s worth the investment in the long run. This article will delve into the different popular Herman Miller office chairs, their features and benefits, helping you make a more well-informed decision with regards to purchasing your very own Herman Miller office chair.

 

A Brief History – How the Herman Miller Brand Integrated Ergonomics

The story of Herman Miller ergonomics began when product designer Bill Stumpf watched people at work and was met with bad postures galore. In the early 1970s, office workers sat in primitive and uncomfortable chairs. Stumpf dedicated over 10 years researching and defining salient principles of comfort and ergonomic seating before releasing his first ergonomic chair, the Ergon. With materials expert Don Chadwick, they embarked on their journey to create the ultimate chair that was health-positive, cross-performing, inclusively sized and environmentally friendly. Eventually, they struck success with the widely acclaimed Herman Miller Aeron Chair (released 1994), designed to cradle a person in any posture.

Herman Miller Aeron demonstrated a pioneering step in ergonomics and material innovation. It changed perceptions for what an office chair could be, garnering greater popularity over the years. Stumpf’s principles, research and concepts derived from decades of thorough research have stood through time and are carried in all of Herman Miller’s office chair designs, including the Sayl, Mirra 2 and Embody.

 

Stumpf’s concept books, shown here, included documentation of consultations with orthopaedic surgeons and cardiovascular specialists to understand the effects of chairs and the seated posture on the body’s circulatory system, muscles and bones.
Image credit: Herman Miller website

 

The Different Herman Miller Chairs 

Herman Miller Aeron Chairs

Herman Miller Aeron chairs are popular in Singapore as they provide unparalleled lumbar support that relieves stress associated from sitting. Integrated into the Aeron in 2000, the re-designed PostureFit SL mechanism follows the natural S shape of your back while you sit and removes any pain connected to prolonged sitting. The lumbar mechanism is positioned in the lower back of the chair. In addition, one of the most beneficial ergonomic features of the Herman Miller Aeron chair lies in its waterfall design which helps to increase circulation. Other features include zonal back support, fully adjustable arms and a fully adjustable tilt limiter with forward tilt. 

 

 

Herman Miller Embody Chairs

Herman Miller Embody chairs have revolutionised and set the standard for pressure distribution, natural alignment and support for healthy movement in ergonomic sitting. With a dynamic matrix of pixels, Herman Miller Embody office chairs’ seat and back surfaces distribute your weight evenly and automatically conform to your body’s movements. In this way, pressure is reduced and movement is encouraged to maintain healthy circulation and focus. Not to mention, four different support layers designed for airflow are built-in to accommodate your shape and keep you cool and comfortable. 

 

 

Herman Miller Cosm Chairs 

Herman Miller Cosm chairs’ sophisticated, ergonomic design instantly responds to your body, movement, and posture to provide natural balance and total support. The Auto-harmonic Tilt feature offers intuitive, balanced support and movement depending on your body and posture. Along with a continuous form of elastomeric suspension eliminating the gap between seat and back, the Herman Miller Cosm chair provides dynamic spinal support in a breathable, temperature-neutral manner. The thin yet strong frame allows you to comfortably move your upper body by offering support while flexing.


 

 

With a range of Herman Miller office chairs for you to choose from, take your pick by deciding on the chair that suits your usage and needs. The best chair to use is one that supports a healthy posture whilst offering a truly comfortable sit, even during long hours of sitting.

As the Authorised Retailer of Herman Miller in Singapore, Xtra Designs is well-versed with the range of products and our staff would gladly assist in finding the right office chair for you. Head on down to our showroom at #02-48 Marina Square, 11am-8pm daily, or drop us an email at contactus@xtra.com.sg to start your ergonomic journey with us.