I recently was blessed with the opportunity to pick a new office chair from Herman Miller. My decision was dwindled down to two: the Aeron and the Embody. It wasn't an easy choice, but I decided to go with the "Design of the Decade" chair, also known as: the Aeron.
Here's the kicker... Remember this adventurous find: A Large Square Peg in a Small Square Hole? A little over a year ago I discovered a vintage gem in a classic Steelcase tanker desk from a local Salvation Army. The amazing part of the story is that the building that this $20 steal (or steel -- pun intended) was in is the original Steelcase building from way back in the day. That means this desk may have never left the building since its birth...
To add to that, a couple months after hauling this tanker up to my office, Adrienne and my mother discovered this perfectly-matching chair during an antique excursion in Northern Michigan.
As hard as it is for me to break up this pairing, but for the sake of my back and ergonomics, I had to make the move.
Yes, it feels a little rebellious and scandal'ish, but hey, what's a guy to do?
So, this morning a beautiful box arrived to the office with one of my all-time favorite brand logos on it. Yup, you guessed it... Herman Miller. (How'd you know?)
The best part about this was that no assembly was required. I opened the box and, BOOM!, my Aeron chair was all ready to go.
If you are familiar with the furniture industry and/or live in West Michigan, you know of the rivalry between these two. To put it in perspective, by having a Steelcase desk and a Herman Miller chair is comparable to wearing an Ohio State Buckeye jersey and rooting for the Michigan Wolverines, wearing Nike shoes and Adidas socks, or wearing a Mitt Romney shirt while voting for Barack Obama. To say the least, it just does not, or should not happen.
Nonetheless, it's a win-win for me. I still have that vintage, mid-century tanker desk that has a great back-story while now being able to sit and work in comfort during those long days (which often times may turn into nights).
All I need now is a new Herman Miller desk and maybe some pieces from the Herman Miller Collection to completely win me over (hint, hint).
UPDATE: The Steelcase chair has since been reassigned to the artwork department of the studio: