What Office Chairs Say About Our World

January 5, 2018 in Daily Bulletin

Cliff Kuang wrote about office chairs:

  • The Aeron (pictured) was designed in 1992 and is believed to be America’s “best selling chair”. It has a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
  • Before the Aeron, chairs helped define status. High backed ones were for senior executives while low backed ones were for the common plebs. Aeron was radical in offering only one type.
  • People were starting to spend long periods of time at their desk as computers took over the workplace. The chair was designed to be flexible and comfortable for extended periods.
  • Now though more work is done through meetings and conferences, rather than at the desk.
  • The next generation of chairs will likely be less industrial and instead look more soothing…like a chair that could blend into a living room.

Read more about what office chairs say about the workplace on Co.Design.