Studio Ergonomics. Herman Miller Aeron Chairs.

Herman Miller Aeron Chairs

This past Saturday night I performed at an event called Mindcontroller. The concert took place in Zaandam which is basically right outside Amsterdam. The venue Hemkade is pretty famous, at least to Dutch people. It was also my 38th birthday. What does this all have to do with the Aeron Chair? Well, as part of my set I like to get close to the crowd. I jumped off the stage to get near people about 5-6 times. Ever since I’ve been back to Berlin my knee has been killing me. This was the first time I ever had any pain from performing. The only place it hasn’t been hurting is in my recording studio. Why? Because of my Aeron Chair.

Look around your studio and visually price things out. I bet all your good gear that you use runs between $400-$3000. What do you use the most? Unless your a dancing freak and work standing up the correct answer is: your chair!

The Aeron chair is a product of Herman Miller, designed in 1994 by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf. It is an ergonomic chair which is expensive but regarded by many as very comfortable. Its breakthrough design has gained it a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The chair is not upholstered. Instead, the seat and back are made of a semi-transparent and flexible mesh called Pellicle. Another noteworthy feature is that the Aeron is manufactured in three different sizes, A, B and C for Small, Medium and Large respectively. – Wikipedia.org

I bought my Aeron Chair in 2001 when the big dot com bust happened. About 200 companies closed shop in New York City and everything went on auction. I had my eye on the Aeron Chair for a while by that point and I managed to get one for $350.

Here are my favorite features about the Aeron Chair that help me in the studio:The Horrorist Live

You can adjust the height of the seat. This is important so your feet can lie flat on the ground. If you want your legs to fit comfortably under a synth rack or computer keyboard shelf the Aeron chair will comply.

You can adjust the height and angle of the arm rests. If your mousing all day long having your elbow the same height as your desk will give you support. Being able to angle the arm rests gives you the ability to have the non mouse hand arm rest aiming toward your controller keyboard.

The “relax” tilt mode. The Aeron has a unique latch that when released the chair leans back and almost floats you. This is a great position when listening to your final mixes.

You can replace the wheels with special non scratch wheels. I have gorgeous new hard wood floors in my studio. I didn’t want to scratch them up or have one of those ridiculous plastic mats in the center of the room. $50 got me new wheels that don’t do damage. They also they slow the wheeling spinning action down so you can’t fly around so easily.

Watch these videos on how to set it up an Aeron properly: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 23, 2008 at 9:16 am, filed under hardware and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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10 Responses to “Studio Ergonomics. Herman Miller Aeron Chairs.”

  1. Dave says:

    I purchased an Aeron chair from http://www.OfficeDesigns.com about four years ago following my back surgery. The chair’s ergonomic design allowed me to continue working my normal hours pain free. And I was so impressed with the service at http://www.OfficeDesigns.com that when I purchased a second Aeron for my partner we went there first. With their wide selection I was able to find the chair with all the ptions I needed very easily, and they had it in stock to ship the same day.

  2. mooncaine says:

    Wow, I hear nothing but good things about these chairs, except the price. I checked out “sitforless.com”, which I hear advertised on my local public radio station, and their prices were the same. $1000 US for a chair. Whew.

    I have to say, it’s hard for me to put down that kind of money for an office chair, but it is on my wish list.

  3. vanceg says:

    I’ve had a bad back and have been in search of a great ergonomic chair for both guitar playing and studio use. I went with a Aeron chair for quite a while Until I tried the LeapChair. I gotta say the Leap Chair really makes the Aeron look like a “nice first attempt”. The Leap is MUCH more adjustable, is more sturdy and just supports your body much more completely than the Aeron. Seriously, if you want to do ergonomics in your studio right, check out the Leap chair.

    It’s not the only great one out there, but it most surely has a lot over the Aeron. Yes; Ergonomic chairs are REMARKABLY expensive!!!! The Leap is about $1200. Yeah. But, it is one of those investments that you make once and you look back at and say “why oh why didn’t I do this long long ago”.

    My suggestion is keep your eyes out for companies that are liquidating their office furniture as they go out of business – that’s a great place to get deals on ergonomic chairs of all makes….

    V~

  4. I never heard of the Leapchair until now. It looks pretty great. There is a high end furniture complex in Berlin called Stillwerk and next time I am “having coffee” there I will look for the Leap and give it a sit. Not a great shot of my Aeron but you can see where it sits in my studio (center!):

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  5. Andrew says:

    I just broke down and finally bought a Herman Miller Aeron and now I wish I’d done it sooner. I work from home and it makes a huge difference when the chair you sit in for 8+ hours a day is ergonomic. Aeron’s are known for being super expensive but you can actually get used one’s in great condition for a decent price. I used http://www.aerondeals.com to find mine and it worked out great!

  6. Hi Andrew. Great site… definitely good deals on Aerons!

  7. Amy says:

    Good Post, I’ve been using Bodybilt chairs http://www.ergo4me.com for my office & they are working great, no complaints so far.

  8. Barry Bridges says:

    Found this blog when looking for benefits of the aeron
    chair. I ended up buying and rel="nofollow">aeron chair from Back2.co.uk. The price
    was exceptional and the chair was delivered within 3 days. I find
    the Aeron to be a really great chair and the mesh is very
    comfortable. My only criticism would be that I have been told that
    you should never lock the chair when sitting and sometimes I find
    myself always leaning back and reclining when trying to
    work.

    • I didn’t know you should never lock the chair. Is that in the manual or something? You mean it should always be “loose” so when you lean back it falls all the back? That would be annoying!

      • Barry Bridges says:

        I was told that you should keep the chair “free-floating” so that it can move when you move as sitting rigid is not good for you, it puts strain on your lower back if you have back pain or issues and the small reclining movements of the body and chair are good for you. I had a look back at the back.co.uk site and they have this http://www.back2.co.uk/Workstation_Advice.pdf (second column on both pages mentions recline). In the showroom they had some other chairs that actually worked well with the “loose” setting as the chairs supported me more closely than the Herman Miller chairs but those were not in my budget (£1000+!!!). But your right, the loose thing is annoying so i keep it locked!

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