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Eames Aluminum Group Chair 50 Years Young

Following on from my previous post about the online survey that voted the Eames Aluminum Management Chair a close second in a best task chair contest, it just goes to show the power of good design and how it can continue to appeal many years after its introduction.
Eames Aluminum Group Chair
In fact, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Eames Aluminum Group’s first appearance way back in 1958.

It’s hard to believe that the product has been around that long, it certainly doesn’t look its age.

If it was introduced tomorrow as a new product it’s doubtful that anyone would consider it dated or old fashioned.

Why is this?

I think it’s down to its simplicity of design and shape, the absence of levers and gizmos greatly enhance its timeless appeal all in all a really well designed office chair.

You may like to consider this link for further information on the Aluminum Group range as well as the best site to buy online.

The Aeron Chair – A Modern Masterpiece

This week I thought I would take a look at the Aeron chair in part as a tribute to Bill Stumpf, its co-designer who died recently.

Together with Don Chadwick he created the Aeron chair for Herman Miller in 1994 and when it was released it was quite unlike any other office chair on the market.

In fact such was the impact of its design that it was included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art before it was launched into the office furniture market.Aeron Chair

Apart from its revolutionary open mesh pellicle seat and back which allows air to circulate more freely around the user’s body it also included anther major surpise.

The chair comes in 3 different sizes – small, medium and large to suit the users differing sizes and weight. Typically, Office Chairs are mostly supplied in one size and the user adjusts them to suit their requirements. If they have problems then they have to consider an alternative office seat.

The Aeron chair has always been a high cost item and to some extent this has worked to its advantage, giving it an air of exclusivity and desirability. When the heady days of the dotcom boom were upon us, it was frequently the must have accessory for Internet start ups of the late 1990’s as they spent the megabucks so freely provided to them.

Not surprisingly, as the Aeron has proved so successful it has spawned loads of look -alike products. Few if any, however, match the quality and function of this modern masterpiece. Click the link for more details on the Aeron chair.

Robin Day – Furniture & Chair Designer

Robin Day must surely be amongst Britain’s most famous post war furniture and chair designers.

He trained at the Royal College of Art just prior to the second world war, having specialised in furniture and interior design.

He began a long connection in 1950 with the British furniture manufacturer Hille, who were keen to progress from the traditional furniture they had produced up until then. Robin Day designed a range of simple chairs, desks tables and storage for them.

As materials and labour were not abundant at this time his designs concentrated on low cost furniture with a minimum number of components. He was always more interested in the function of his furniture rather than making some striking design statement.

The relationship with Hille continued and in 1963 he designed his most famous product, the polypropylene chair for them. This emphasised his commitment to the design of inexpensive furniture that could be readily mass produced.

The polypropylene chair was a huge success combining the qualities of strength, light weight, durability and functionality. The polypropylene chair has gone on to be made by the million, not counting the huge number of imitations that have sprung up since. None however seem to match the design ethics of Day’s original.

Polypropylene school and outdoor chairs followed in the 1970’s.

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