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As a kid, Jeff Weber was fascinated by the way things worked. "I was always tinkering—either building things or tearing them apart," he says. Watching his mechanical talents develop, his grandfather suggested that he consider becoming an industrial designer. Once he learned more, "I never really thought about doing anything else," recalls Weber.
Today he uses his considerable talents to improve the human condition by designing products that enhance people's lives—at home and at work. "There should always be a human benefit associated with whatever it is we're designing," he explains. "It's all about the experience, stimulating a person's senses in a positive or beneficial way."
While Weber's work includes a wide spectrum of products, he became interested in furniture design when he teamed up with Bill Stumpf, who worked with Herman Miller for 30 years. "Bill's design spirit will inspire all my future work," says Weber. One example is Stumpf's "uni-part" theory. "It says that all components of any given object must have a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one," says Weber. "It's a fundamental principle we employ every day."
In the studio, that philosophy means the design of an object, a building, or a service "is the connective tissue between people and the world. The quality of that design really dictates the quality of the user's experience and thus defines our existence."
With an emphasis on results, an integral and important aspect in his design process is research. When designing Herman Miller's Embody chair, for example, Weber and the Herman Miller team spent nearly two years talking with experts in various fields of medicine, from specialists in upper-extremity conditions to optometrists and neurologists. It was all in an effort to gain a real understanding of what it takes "to support a body in space in a healthful way and enable motion at the same time," he says.
"The human body is a constant source of inspiration for me," he continues. "Workplace demands and responsibilities may change, but the human element remains relatively the same. My challenge is always, 'How can I produce something that will actually improve that condition?' Comfort and health are like love and peace: can we ever have enough?" he ponders.
Weber says the most satisfying part of his work is watching someone enjoying the final outcome of his efforts. "Seeing someone sitting in a chair and appreciating the logic and rationale behind it is very gratifying."
He says he's finding this stage of his career to be especially energizing. "I've always believed that good design is a blend of art and science," he says. "To use that combination in ways that positively impact how people live and work is really exciting to me."
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Caper Stacking Chair With No Arms
Naseem from Milton, GA– Verified Buyer
Gorgeous mirror, very happy with this purchase. Love it so much!
Anh from Arlington, TX– Verified Buyer
The entire family love it especially the kids because we put it their playroom.
James from Indianapolis, IN– Verified Buyer– Top 100 Reviewer
Great chair for an office setting. Much more comfortable than I would have guessed
Functional & modern
MCM Remodel from Tempe, AZ– Verified Buyer
Purchased chair for modern built-in desk in kitchen. Fairly comfortable. The red salsa color is more maroon than red. Was hoping that it was more reddish-orange. But chair looks good and got it a great price, so I am keeping it.
Jennifer from Pennsylvania– Verified Buyer
I ordered 2 of these chairs and they are great. The and the look and style is very nice. The order went fine and I received them quite quickly.
Happy customer from Pittsburg, KS– Verified Buyer
The chair is very comfortable and lightweight. I use it in my office for occasional computer work. My office is very small, and the chair fits nicely without taking a lot of space. It came fully assembled. It arrived a few days earlier than promised. I am very happy with the purchase and have recommended the chair to friends.
Justin from Pawtucket, RI– Verified Buyer
Brightened up our conference area. Roll great on all surfaces, comfortable to sit in and well priced.
gasrider from FL– Verified Buyer
Chairs are lightweight yet sturdy. Using them in breakfast nook in kitchen. With casters on tile floor these are perfect for this purpose. Easy to clean and rearrange. Look good, too.
Great side chairs
Mar from Chicago, IL
I bought a Herman Miller desk chair so when I saw these, I had to have them to match and they are great. I use them as side chairs for clients in my home office. They are sturdy, but nice looking and a great price.
Anonymous from Oregon– Verified Buyer
Herman Miller began in 1923 as a manufacturer of traditional residential furniture, became a leader in "modern" furniture in the 1930s and 1940s; developed lasting ties through the 1950s with legendary industrial designers who led the company in new directions; transformed the office furniture industry with the first panel system in the 1960s; invented and refined ergonomic work seating in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; reinvented the geometry of systems furniture in 2000, and is today the second largest office furniture company with customers and locations around the world. Their history of employee participation and ownership and technological innovation has long roots and continues to grow. They have always worked hard to be serious about both people and business. They look at their primary goal as creating great places to work.
George Nelson laid out five tenets of Herman Miller's design philosophy 50 years ago:
While fashion and style have their place, the main criterion for a Herman Miller product has remained constant: Does it truly solve a problem that people care about in a way that improves upon other solutions, or pioneers a new and better answer altogether? The answer is Yes.