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Sweet ass ergonomic chairs?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Brian SD, May 16, 2006.

  1. visionology

    visionology Distinguished Member

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    I went to DWR and tried out the Aeron. It's seriously great. I could sit in that all day. It should last a good decade, right?

    There's one on eBay that's LOCAL PICKUP ONLY. Lucky for me, it just happens to be in San Diego. [​IMG] I suspect I may be the only bidder on this one, and if so it will put me back $400.. which is manageable, only becuase it's such a good chair (and retails at double that price).


    $400 is not bad at all, especially considering you will be getting much use of it and it could last for many years. I don't mind paying a bit more myself for something I know I will use.
     


  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I like to look at their things and then try to find them cheaper elsewhere, but it is nice to have a website that has a bunch of nice stuff all together to get ideas from. The prices are on the retailish side. Some of the stuff is pretty crazy, like $1500 lamps, most of them are associated with specific designers hence the premiums. It's like paying $10,000 for a Hermes bag when it is just a bag.

    I'm the same way. When looking for furniture, I look at all the amazing Noguchi and Eames furniture they have on DWR and the set-ups they use, then go through IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Hive, etc. etc. etc. and pick little individual things that fit the same aesthetic. More often than not, you can modify simple things like adding glass, painting, re-finishing, etc. for little price, to a great effect.
     


  3. Tck13

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    How about ""the swopper"? It's so ergonomic, one can fall right off! These actually look pretty cool. You have to read it to understand it. Although, for $600...
     


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    Make sure it's your size. An Aeron that's too big or too small ain't comfortable at all.

    As for back support, I found it to be at least as good with the default lumbar support bar as any other chair I'd tried before. With the $90 Posture-Fit add-on, it was even better.
     


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    I find a half decent office chair in leather just fine.
     


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    Brian: If you decide to get an Aeron make sure you try sizes B and C. I'm 5'-10" and needed the size C, B was just too uncomfortable.

    Also I'v seen Herman Miller sales of about 30% off (last summer in-fact), might want to poke around see if one is coming up.
     


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    I'll post one negative for the Aeron. We had them where I used to work, and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. I have a history of lower back spasms, and this was, bar none, the most uncomfortable chair I've ever sat in. Perhaps I just wasn't adjusting it correctly, but I couldn't stand it. Just exacerbated my back problems.

    That does sound like an adjustment problem to me, though I do find the Aeron's lumbar support a bit on the clunky side.

    Brian, before you buy that local Aeron, make sure the bottom cushion is the right size for you! I know several others have already written that, but I cannot emphasize enough how much the comfort of an Aeron is dependent on getting the right sized bottom cushion.
     


  8. Brian SD

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    That does sound like an adjustment problem to me, though I do find the Aeron's lumbar support a bit on the clunky side.

    Brian, before you buy that local Aeron, make sure the bottom cushion is the right size for you! I know several others have already written that, but I cannot emphasize enough how much the comfort of an Aeron is dependent on getting the right sized bottom cushion.


    I'll check on that for sure. I probably won't be getting it. $400 is just too much. I'll just poke around for awhile until I can find a good deal.
     


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    bumping this one for my back's sake. Brian, did you end up getting a chair? if so which one?

    anyone have other suggestions beyond the Aeron? Steelcase anyone?

    -Jeff
     


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    I use a Bodybilt chair. Not cheap, but it made a big difference in forcing me to sit up straight in the chair. It is also infinitely adjustable. I love this chair.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Hey there, did you ever find the Contessa for a good price?

    I may be able to get my hands on a used one. I know I can get a new one for a great price too if interested! No shipping on the new!
     


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    I have this one at home; can't remember what kind it is but if you are interested I can find the info on it. Got it for pretty cheap at Office Depot. Ignore the clutter; I was more taking a picture of the room than the chair.

    [​IMG]

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    Man is it comfy.

    JB
     


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    Anyone got the hookups on a Knoll Life chair?
     


  14. Brian SD

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    Hey there, did you ever find the Contessa for a good price?

    I may be able to get my hands on a used one. I know I can get a new one for a great price too if interested! No shipping on the new!



    No I didn't, I ended up getting a Knoll life chair, used, from someone on Craigs list who didn't want the mesh and wanted to buy a leather one. Cost me $200 only.
     


  15. visionology

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    No I didn't, I ended up getting a Knoll life chair, used, from someone on Craigs list who didn't want the mesh and wanted to buy a leather one. Cost me $200 only.

    Oh man you lucked out, I can't find one less than $500 and w/ shipping nearly $600. There was one on ebay a week and a half ago for $250 but the seller sold all 25 of them to one buyer and I lost out.
     


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