Humans have been interested in ergonomics for thousands of years–whether they had a name for it yet or not. Hippocrates, for example, was designing medical tools with comfort and use in mind all the way back in in the 4th century BCE. There’s even evidence that the ancient Egyptians were thinking about comfort when building their chairs as early as the 7th century BCE.
But we’ve come a long way since Hippocrates and the Egyptians–thanks mostly to Herman Miller, one of the most famous names in office furniture and design out there. Though designers had been playing with ergonomic chair design before Herman Miller joined the game, none of them came close to HM’s innovations. Starting in the 1950s and 60s with their Eames Aluminum Group chair designed by George Nelson–complete with a back rest and seat that tilted independently–they have continuously come out with designs light years ahead of other companies. The real game changer was the Aeron chair: a chair so groundbreaking that it’s still hugely popular now, over twenty years after it first came on the market.
So why is Herman Miller still in the lead in office chair design after all of these years? They must be doing something right to continue to be so successful. Between their thoughtful, ergonomically-minded designs and their high quality materials, it’s no wonder they’re still the industry leader.
Of course, not everyone can afford to shell out $1600 for a top-of-the-line chair for their office. But if you think Herman Miller is the brand for you, we can help! We’ve got a wide selection of used chairs from such industry giants as Herman Miller, Knoll, and Steelcase. Call or visit us today to find your perfect office chair.