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Design by Don Chadwick, 2005.
Drawing upon 30 years experience in designing award-winning furniture, Don Chadwick created this refreshingly simple office chair. Every detail makes sense. From its streamlined, athletic appearance to its smart engineering and use of innovative materials, Chadwick is the office chair refined — and redefined. One chair. Multiple functions. Perfect for working, meeting or training.
This model features a Tilt Stop upright tilt limiter and user-friendly Adjustable Arms with height adjustability and arm pad-width positioning. Standard Active Suspension™ includes: synchronized recline with tilt tension; resilient suspension seat and back fabric; and forward-tilt and variable seat depth (both built-in with no adjustment necessary); generous lumbar curvature; flexing arm pads; and 360° swivel.
All-inclusive, built-in comfort means that the Chadwick Tilt Stop Control Chair user is unconsciously aware of the support features designed into the chair, yet receives all the benefits. Active Suspension™ with tilt tension and height adjustment are standard on the chair. The optional Lumbar is cleverly designed to attach to the chair with magnets, making it simple to retrofit and enabling numerous adjustability options. Also available with Casters or Glides (optional and sold separately).
This sustainable design is manufactured using clean technology in keeping with the Eco design principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Greenguard Certified, Chadwick meets the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED™ requirements. Uses minimum materials in construction and employs clean manufacturing technology such as integral coloring on plastic components and zero VOC paints and adhesives. The chair is designed for durability and ease of disassembly, such that worn parts can be removed and replaced effortlessly.
Select with or without optional Lumbar, Casters or Glides, then select from nine fabric colors. A Basic Model with fixed arms is also available.
Ships fully assembled. Features a 10-year, multi-shift warranty. Chadwick is Cal 133 approved standard.
Material(s): Frame is integrally-colored glass-filled nylon. Chadwick fabric is 100% polyester monofilament warp with multifilament fill fibers. Armpads are urethane with flexible spring steel insert. Plastic components use zero VOC paints and adhesives. Raw materials used contain a recycled content of 41%. Optional Lumbar contains magnets.
Designer: Don Chadwick
Don Chadwick isn't one of those designers who say that their "real" studio is in their mind. Chadwick's real studio is in Santa Monica, thank you, and anyway, he prefers to call it "an experimental lab."
"We're set up to get dirty and take chances," he says.
His lab apparatus includes saws and grinders, lathes and drill presses and vises--and not one computer-numerically-controlled anything. Computer technology, Chadwick allows, is great for some things, but when he hears someone suggest that a new chair could have just as effectively been designed by computer, he says, politely, "You're out of your mind!"
"The only way to be sure a chair is comfortable is to actually sit in it and make changes along the way," Chadwick says. "A computer can't deal with the subtleties of chair design. Good chairs are too complex."
Too complex? Yes, and not just for computers.
"Most industrial designers don't take furniture design seriously," he says. "They're not trained to get into that kind of detail. It's too personal, too much like surgery. And besides, you have to be in love with this kind of work."
Chadwick's love for furniture design goes back to his childhood, when his cabinetmaker grandfather taught him how to use the tools of the trade--hand tools that required skill, precision, and patience. Later, unlike the other industrial design students at UCLA in the mid-1950s, he focused on furniture. And after hearing a Charles and Ray Eames lecture there, Chadwick was convinced: Furniture offered designers, even industrial designers, the chance to use materials in new, innovative ways--and to make a "real difference" in people's lives.
He attributes at least some of this optimism to the "LA recklessness" he's experienced as a lifelong resident of Southern California. "There's less fear of failure out here, so people are more apt to take risks. It's fertile ground for innovation."
For over two decades now, Chadwick has had a partner in recklessness. "Herman Miller isn't afraid to take chances on new ideas. That's why the company's been successful for so long, and that's one reason why it's challenging to work for them."
The Santa Monica-Zeeland connection continues, the experimental lab whirling with the sounds of belt sanders and power saws. That, after all, is what real design studios do.
Award for Design Excellence, ID magazine, 1970, 71, 73, 74
The Governor's Award, Design Michigan Exhibition, 1977
IBD and IDSA awards for casegoods, 1980
IBD Gold Award for Equa chair, 1984
Time magazine, Design: Best of the Decade for Equa chair, 1990
- From HermanMiller.comView other products by Don Chadwick
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