Industrial design student Don Chadwick and renowned Bill Stumpf collaborated to produce groundbreaking and iconic chairs.
Stumpf’s association with Herman Miller began in 1970 when he joined the staff of the Herman Miller Research Corporation. After establishing his own firm in 1972, Stumpf created the Ergon chair, the first ergonomic work chair. Later, in collaboration with Don Chadwick, he produced the groundbreaking Equa and Aeron chairs. Stumpf died in 2006.
Studying industrial design at UCLA in the mid-1950s, Don Chadwick’s focus in furniture sharpened after attending a lecture from celebrated designers Charles and Ray Eames. Ten years later, he had his own design studio in Los Angeles—a small space above a hardware store—where he spent much of his time trying to promote his ideas to manufacturers. “It started, I believe, in 1972,” as Chadwick puts it, when Herman Miller paid him a visit. He’s designed and co-designed some of the company’s most recognizable products ever since.