Herman Miller, a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, posed a bold challenge to designers and they started a “revolution in ergonomics” — the Aeron Chair.
Today, they unite with Incisal Edge, the nation’s only dental lifestyle magazine, to invite dentists, architects and interior designers to share their own revolutionary work and reap the benefits.
The 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a fourth straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation. The magazine has invited a blue ribbon panel of judges, including one representative from Herman Miller, to select the top dental practice designs, and provide their thoughts on each.
The competition, sponsored for 2017 by Herman Miller, will celebrate designs at three established dental practices in three different categories: 1. Specialty Practice, 2. New Construction, or 3. Repurposed Practice. Each winner will receive:
- an Aeron Chair valued at $3,000 provided by Herman Miller,
- a professional photo session for their practice
- a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue
- bragging rights for eternity
For contest specifics, visit: www.iedesigncontest.com/entryforms/
Back to the groundbreaking Aeron Chair.
According to HermanMiller.com, with every project he took on for the company, designer Bill Stumpf (1936-2006) echoed the mantra: Own the problem, and define it as deeply as you can.
Working with Don Chadwick, Stumpf began thinking about what a chair ought to do for you by consulting people who spend a lot of time in chairs—older people in retirement centers. When Stumpf and Chadwick took what they learned and applied it to work seating, they started a revolution in ergonomics.
“The human form has no straight lines; it is biomorphic. We designed the chair to be, above all, biomorphic, or curvilinear, as a metaphor of human form in the visual as well as the tactile sense. There is not one straight line to be found on an Aeron chair,” said Stumpf.
“It was a matter of deliberate design to create a ‘new signature shape’ for the Aeron chair,” said Stumpf. “Competitive ergonomic chairs became look-alikes.”